Leadership in Unexpected Places
Many organisations can struggle to increase the proportion of women and people of colour in leadership positions in their organisations. Many will have addressed structural barriers through initiatives such making promotion policies and practices more transparent and fair, and through the establishment of sponsoring and mentoring schemes. Most, in order to address conscious and unconscious biases, will have delivered unconscious bias and inclusive leadership training. However, they may still find that women and people of colour are not applying for promotion in the proportion that they hoped for and want to understand what lies behind this.
Because leadership is essentially about identity, relationships and group interactions as much as it is about character and qualities, we need to understand the psychology and neuroscience of leadership if we are to encourage more underrepresented groups into leadership. This course is for members of underrepresented groups and those responsible for increasing their numbers amongst the ranks of their organisation’s top talent. It introduces participants to the psychology of leadership and how own group unconscious bias can undermine individual’s ability to see themselves as leaders. The workshop explores how successful women and people of colour can pay a likeability penalty and how these manifests in appraisals, feedback and promotion ratings undermining confidence and desire for leadership. The workshop breaks down leadership confidence into its psychological components and introduces the latest neuroscience to help participants develop and use techniques to embed a confident leader mindset and practice.