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Gender diversity – the key to company success
In this blog, Network Recruitment will provide five reasons why having women in leadership roles are beneficial to your business
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8/21/2018 10:45 AMCareer Management and Development, LeadershipLerato Mashego8/21/2018 10:45 AM
Network Recruitment, women in leadership, mentorship, job career opportunity

gender diversityDid you know that organisations with diverse leadership perform better than those without? This is a finding of a study on gender diversity by Marcus Noland, Tyler Moran, and Barbara Kotschwar. Although it was hard to pinpoint the exact performance rate women in leadership positions brought, it did, however, suggest that gender diversity leads to better company performance.

Studies from The Peterson Institute and MSCI ESG Research Inc. revealed that in order to change the dynamics of a company's board, three or more women are required to bring about substantial change.

In this blog, Network Recruitment will provide five reasons why having women in leadership roles are beneficial to your business.

Build strength in your organization's Emotional Intelligence (EQ)
Many organisations have yet to realise how important EQ is for their business as the lack thereof can negatively affect the organisation's morale. Studies have found that on average women have an edge over men when it comes to emotional intelligence, as they are more self-aware. Jon Warner, an executive coach and management consultant explains that in the workplace this translates to an employee who understands their own strengths and weaknesses in addition to how their actions could affect their team members. Self-aware employees are also better equipped to handle constructive criticism and learn from their mistakes.

Improved problem solving

Women are known to be holistic problem-solvers. They gather and incorporate information faster and arrange them into more complex patterns than their counterparts. Research across the world also reveals that a workforce represented by diverse professionals leads to a diverse problem-solving approach, which in turn increases your company's bottom line.

Create a more trusting company culture

While women are considered better communicators, they are also perceived, to be honest, more friendly and empathetic. According to Gallup's survey, women have the ability to engage and develop people. It is understood that this is a definite benefit for your business.

Increased collaboration
Research has indicated that women are rated better collaborators and team leaders. With good networking skills, they are able to create a good peer-to-peer camaraderie that is essential for keeping productivity at an all-time high. This boosts company morale and aids in growing the business.

Establish a bigger pool of great mentors
It has been proven that mentorship is a critical element of an employee's personal and professional development. A study by professional services firm, Egon Zehnder, found that 54% of women have access to senior leaders who serve as mentors. If your organisation has a diverse leadership, it will allow more women to access a pool on knowledge. For example, in male dominated industries where women often find it difficult to build networks a feminine mentorship from can assist. As they will by share knowledge and, expertise and experience.

Are you looking for an IT jobFinance job, Engineering job, or a Contracting assignment? Contact Network Recruitment, your trusted partner in specialist IT, Finance and Engineering placements for 30 years.

What it takes to be a great leader
How would you describe a strong leader? In one leadership study, qualities such as assertiveness, adaptability, intelligence and conscientiousness were cited as the most important
What it takes to be a great leader
7/30/2018 5:20 PMLeadershipLerato Mashego7/30/2018 5:20 PM
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great leaderHow would you describe a strong leader? In one leadership study, qualities such as assertiveness, adaptability, intelligence and conscientiousness were cited as the most important. "Research clearly shows that transformational leaders – leaders who are positive, inspiring, and who empower and develop followers – are better leaders," explains psychologist and leadership expert Ronald E. Riggio. "They are more valued by followers and have higher performing teams."

There are many leadership programs available today, from 1-day workshops to corporate training programs. But chances are, these won't really help. In this clear, candid TedTalk, Roselinde Torres describes 29 years observing truly great leaders at work, and shares the three simple but crucial questions would-be company chiefs need to ask to thrive in the future.

 


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How to make that smooth transition
Here are some tips to get you started in your new leadership role
How to make that smooth transition
5/8/2018 11:05 AMLeadershipLerato Mashego5/8/2018 11:05 AM
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Making the transition into a leadership role can be both exciting and challenging.  It also provides you with the perfect opportunity to display your talents and abilities. Although it's never easy to make a successful transition to a leadership position, your success or failure in this role during the first couple of months will be a good indication of whether you will achieve success in the long term.  Here are some tips to get you started:

Choose a leadership model that best suits you
It's understandable to adopt the same leadership style that you may have experienced.  However, there are certain team and group dynamics that call for a different type of leadership model. Understanding your purpose as a leader is what will differentiate you from a manager. There are many leadership styles you can choose from that will help you make an informed decision of what type of leader you want to be.

Be confident
Professional coach, Tim Ressmeyer advises professionals to be confident in their new leadership role. Doubting yourself in this new role will be detrimental to your career as you were promoted for a reason. "Your team needs you to move forward confidently while making it clear to them you value their engagement to create something great. Trust them to contribute. Help them play to their strengths. Do what you uniquely can do and allow them to own their unique roles as well," he explains.

Be accessible
It's important for you to make a genuine effort to get to know your team and colleagues. If you want to be an effective leader, you have to be approachable. This will help you to gain their trust and respect. Leaders don't have to be feared to be influential.

Be a coach
Leaders enable others to do their job better.  They inspire, encourage growth, give feedback and share ideas. Instead of stifling growth, they listen to their team and provide support where needed.

Taking on a new leadership position can vary from one organisation to the other. It is, however, crucial to invest some time in understanding the magnitude of the change that is required to take the company to the next level. We trust that these tips will aid you in your leadership journey.

Are you looking for an IT job, Finance job, Engineering job or Contracting assignment? Contact Network Recruitment, your trusted partner in specialist IT, Finance and Engineering placements for 30 years. 

Changing your mindset to make you a great leader
Lay a great foundation to changing your mind-set to make you a great leader
Changing your mindset to make you a great leader
3/16/2017 8:43 AMLeadershipLerato Mashego3/16/2017 9:04 AM
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Are you looking for an IT job, Finance job, Engineering job, or a Contracting assignment? Contact Network Recruitment, the centrWhen looking at leaders such as Bill Gates, Elon Musk and Steve jobs, words such as innovative thinkers, charismatic and thought-leaders are often used.  These leaders, as well as many other leaders, have one thing in common – the state of their mindset.  Their attitudes, beliefs and expectations made them who they are today as it laid a great foundation for the way they lead and interact, with their teams.

One's mindset plays a fundamental part of how you approach leadership.  It determines how you interpret situations, your emotional reactions, decisions, actions, the quality of your relationships, the way you lead and the manner in which you interact with other people.

According to Stanford University professor and author, Carol Dweck, the way you think about your abilities can be a huge game-changer.  She describes two default mindsets that people have:  fixed and growth.  A fixed mindset believes that intelligence, talents and abilities are static and a growth mindset believes that intelligence, talents and abilities can be developed.

We have compiled a list of mindset shifts that will help you become a leader or a better leader.

Do not be envious of the success of other people

When you see people who are more successful than you, it is a natural tendency to envy them and start belittling their success.  Turn that envy into admiration.  Leaders train themselves to remember that there is always more to a success story than that which meets the eye.  They often use this perspective to be happy for the success of other people.

Do not be a procrastinator

When faced with a task that they dread, most everyone can admit to giving in to procrastination a couple times in their careers.  Make the decision to tackle overwhelming tasks head-on, by starting with them first thing in the morning.

Ask for feedback

Great leaders do not work alone.  They know that they are not able to do everything on their own so they receive help and input from many people.  Try not to fear feedback and criticisms but instead be curious about how other people view your work and performance.  It can ultimately provide you with insight that will help you reach your goals.

Shift from a fixed mind-set to a growth mind-set

Change the way you think.   Shift your mind-set towards a growth mind-set.

Be humble

As you gain momentum and earn more leadership roles, learn to remain humble.  Channel your success into humility and be known as the person who takes less credit.

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