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A new report by the Rockefeller Foundation illustrates some of the challenges for women in leadership, including a lack of mentors and role models. With only 20 women Fortune CEOs, we have a glaring s problem. I teach students of all ages about mentoring and how critical it is for their careers. Because careers today are so complex, we need multiple mentors — a personal board of directors or what academics call a developmental network. These relationships provide career and emotional support and role modeling to help you advance, learn, and grow.
The answer is everywhere. Instead of searching for the perfect role model, look for someone who is skilled in an area you need to develop.
Here are some quick tips:. Hone your observation skills. You want to get promoted, but there are no women role models for you at the top. Can you imitate the men? Not exactly, as women are sometimes punished for the same behavior men are rewarded for. But you can identify what is working for the leaders you admire. Become an organizational anthropologist and hone your observation skills.
What do good leaders do? When do they speak up? How do they conduct themselves with clients, coworkers, and other leaders?
What skills do you need to polish to successfully perform those roles? Consider peers and step-ahead mentors colleagues one or two steps ahead of you in their careers who are both more available and approachable as resources, beyond just senior executives. Focus on specific behaviors to emulate.
Focus on specific tasks or behaviors that you could realistically emulate. I taught a class at Babson with Bala Iyerwho always pushed students to summarize key takeaways from the session, I adopted this practice, too. By identifying key behaviors and practices, you also become more systematic in the approaches you can experiment with to determine if they work for you.
Part of leadership development is experimenting as you learn new skills and practice new ways to lead. Role models can serve as positive or negative exemplars of behaviors for you to assess and potentially add to your repertoire. Get feedback. Get feedback on your effectiveness as you practice new skills. Feedback is essential for ensuring that your performance of new skills or behaviors is aligned with your own expectations as well as those of your colleagues in the workplace.
While seeking feedback can be stressful, you can make it easier by asking trusted colleagues focused questions on a regular basis rather than just at performance-appraisal time and making yourself available to encourage them to do the same.
Go outside your workplace. While you should certainly look within the workplace, it is not the only place you should be learning and connecting with role models. External role models can help you imagine new possibilities for your career, inspire you to experiment, and even provide insights into what works for them and why.
Find virtual role models by following people whose work you admire on social media. Engage them in conversation and you just might convert them into virtual mentors. Continuously learn. Once you incorporate some new skills and behaviors, you will be ready to learn others. Continuous learning is an essential quality of good leadership.
Take charge of learning from potential role models around you through this process of focused observation, experimentation, and feedback. You may never find that one perfect role model, but if you follow this advice, you just might find the ones you need. You have 1 free article s left this month. You are reading your last free article for this month. Subscribe for unlimited access.
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