I “virtually” ran into an old friend and trusted colleague the other day. I was networking with a prominent senior executive on the East coast and he referred me to Jane as the person who knew the answer to my question.
Jane is a educated, experienced and capable individual I had the privilege to lead many years ago. She is now an executive leading an important transformation initiative at a Fortune 100 company. In our conversation, Jane mentioned there were still a few men in the organization that were struggling with the idea of working for a woman in a leadership role. That set me back. I uncomfortably laughed and said, “Weren’t we done with that decades ago?” Having grown up with a working mom, six older sisters that could kick my butt, and now being married to an extremely talented executive who has eight professionally educated sisters, what Jane was telling me was not in my immediate world.
I’ve been curious how many men still struggle with the gender of the person in the leadership role above them. Is it more the leader and their capability or these external attributes that make up the leader?
What have you observed? Do you have ideas we can all learn from?