Women's Leadership Development & Coaching
Great strides have been made over the last two decades in the development and advancement of women as leaders. However, since men still outnumber women at the higher levels in most organizations, we advocate our Integrated Leadership™ approach and offer specialized support to help advance women’s leadership. We believe that there are nuanced gender differences in the way that men and women lead and in the way that organizational systems operate that can impact a woman’s ability to climb ladders. We know from neuroscience and brain research that there are differences in men and women’s brains. These differences, along with other variables, influence the way men and women process information, focus on tasks, and communicate. All of which impacts how they operate in a business environment and how men and women interact with each other at the upper most levels of organizations. We work with organizations to help support the development of their high-performing women through coaching and leadership development programs specifically targeted to women.
We firmly believe that coaching, especially as a program in which numbers of talented women participate together is one of the best interventions for supporting the development and advancement of women. Through coaching, our clients — primarily women on the vice presidential and senior director level — develop their ability to lead individuals, teams, and change more effectively by enhancing their ability to …
- achieve results and sustain success
- be authentic and leverage their strengths
- use their voice and develop leadership presence
- have vision and think strategically
- be emotionally intelligent and maintain good emotional boundaries
- make the distinction between assertive and aggressive and communicate assertively
- build and nurture relationships, especially internally
- successfully navigate the upper levels of the organization that tend to be dominated by men and masculine styles of relating and leading
- find the right work/life balance
It’s critical for all our clients to balance their personal and professional lives, but women tend to be most affected by balance issues. We know from coaching women leaders that women must make decisions that are more personally impacting for them than for men, such as when to get pregnant and when to take on assignments requiring extensive travel. Women must also manage sexual dynamics that might not be outright harassing but that create discomfort and they need to learn how to play office politics without losing their feminine values. When we coach women leaders these issues often arise in the process of coaching. We advocate the development of an Integrated Leadership™ style that combines the best of the masculine and feminine, and we work with our clients to create cultures that support the full development of women.
"Ginny has enabled me to view myself through a unique lens. She has taught me how to be seen as the person I am trying to be; and exactly what I need to do to get there and stay there. Ginny's direct and non-judgmental approach provides an environment where all issues are fair game. Her holistic style is remarkably refreshing for women in business as it is so much more effective for problem solving. When I wanted to start a women's network at my company, Ginny was quick to support every aspect including positioning myself as a leader. I consider our relationship instrumental in achieving my goals. I often carry Ginny's "voice" in my head now — that is a gift! "
Deputy Managing Director, Global Relationship Management
Investment Software Company
"Ginny combines her extensive knowledge of organizational politics and interpersonal behaviors with empathy and (un)common sense to help her clients forge their best career path. Whether I was focusing on a development challenge or gearing up for a new opportunity, Ginny provided the encouragement and guidance to help me achieve my goals and remain authentic to my values. As a result, I’m a happier, more successful person today."
Director of Marketing
Software & IT Services Company