Bala Cynwyd, PA – Research indicates that when there are both women and men at the top of organizations, these companies are significantly more successful and profitable.
Molly D Shepard is the President and CEO of The Leader's Edge/Leaders By Design, a firm dedicated to providing leadership development to executive and high-potential women and men to enhance their effectiveness as senior leaders.
In 2001, Shepard established The Leader’s Edge to support women in building their leadership skills, increasing their confidence, and enhancing their overall effectiveness. In 2005, The Leader’s Edge merged with Leaders By Design, run by Shepard’s husband Peter Dean, which addresses the leadership development needs of senior men with a slant towards helping them to understand the importance of diversity and inclusion when building and running their teams and organizations.
“It’s often about communication: how you speak, how loud your voice is, how assertive you are, how strategic your words are and how you create visibility and credibility for yourself by actively participating,” says Shepard. “Women will often be quiet in meetings because they tend to listen more than speak which can be perceived as passive. Then there's executive presence and impact. How does a woman carry herself? Other significant issues are self-promotion, strategic networking and political savvy all of which can be problematic for a woman.”
Shepard says this work is ultimately about taking control of your career with an awareness of what you need to learn and do before you get promoted and to take risks and move faster on new opportunities.
For more information on The Leader’s Edge Leaders by Design, visit www.the-leaders-edge.com