Yet another *report is published saying woman’s lack of confidence is a barrier to career success. One of the conclusions is that girls need to be encouraged to think about leadership and management at an early age. I was very lucky; at age 17 I was the very first female chair of the Medway School’s Council, an event so unusual in 1975 that it made the papers. I am so very grateful to the teacher that encouraged me to take part where I gained invaluable experience and confidence.
A few very simple questions for you today:
- What can you do to develop and support the next generation?
- Is there a young woman in your office who might benefit from your wisdom and support?
- Do you have a mentoring scheme at work? Is yes, are you part of it? If no, could you suggest one?
- If you run your own business can you make time to help and support young women?
If you are involved in mentoring and supporting the next generation please do tell us how.
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*Chartered Institute of Management-Women in Leadership March 2013
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