“Leadership Training for Women Lawyers: Transforming Women and the Places Where They Work” by Linda K. Robertson at SLAW on 2 August 2013
In response to Sheryl Sandberg’s book “Lean In”, the article’s author states that decreasing self-doubt and developing greater confidence are achieved through leadership training. Although the context is about women in law, many of the points are transferable to men and women alike. Some of the main points that she raises:
- Understanding the difference between “traditional” male and female leadership styles and communication patterns
- Be aware of gender biases
- Learn how to negotiate for yourself
- Don’t always put the needs of others ahead of your own
- Learn to lead a balanced life
For communication, the author seems to focus mainly on speech (which is important), but VOCL readers are also aware of the importance of body language – think confident > act confident > be seen as confident!