Linda Alepin talks about the real and imaginary obstacles that companies face once they set out to develop women leaders within.
A common concern that most people have when it comes to cultivating women leaders is whether they can handle the stress that comes with a leadership role. This is less about doubting women’s natural leadership abilities but more about wondering whether they can take on the additional stress, without significant harm to their work-life balance. Linda makes a surprisingly simple point that women needn’t be the only ones this risk applies to. Work stress, especially in the age of obtrusive and pervasive communications, applies equally to men if not more. The key to allaying these concerns is to build a people-friendly work environment irrespective of gender.
Tune in to see Linda talk about an interesting Harvard Business Review case study on this issue!