Women in S&C Leadership Positions
Apr 26, 2020
It may not necessarily be getting females into leadership positions. Many individuals who hold leadership positions or titles do not demonstrate leadership qualities. The conquest of a title may be less important than the acquisition of the skills and qualities of leadership.
Providing females in the S&C field with these skills may have more value long term.
Provide solutions in skill sets that include:
- Critical conversations skills
- Thinking about solutions (which most likely can be found in your own behavior) instead of identifying faults in others
- Self awareness (there is purpose in understanding yourself)
- Learning how to promote the growth of others (empowering) instead of spending time establishing hierarchies/inferiority
- Identifying skills in others that will help them succeed
- Listening skills instead of waiting to speak over others (creating mutual respect)
- Being adaptable to how you interact with different people (not being rigid in your own behaviors)
- Learning how to be adaptable/open minded (without being overly agreeable)
- This is similar to pursuing grades over education, money over satisfaction, or individual accolades over team goals.
- Don’t teach them how to win, teach them how to play
- Where is this in the academic system?
- Where is this in internship curriculum?
- How are we providing solutions within ourselves?
Check out the following article for more insight: Cultural and Occupational Barriers Facing Women Professionals in the Field of Strength and Conditioning