In the business magazine Bizz I read an article about leadership and women. It was an interview with Herminia Ibarra, professor at INSEAD (and a woman herself) by Benny Debruyne.
One of the topics in the interview was why the networks of men in the workplace are more “close” than the networks of women.
Her main point was that men have more in common because they do more activities together. Many men have an overlap between their professional and personal network.
Women on the other hand build two separate networks: one for their job and one for activities outside their job.
What are the consequences?
Men know their professional contacts also more personal. This leads to a natural bond and trust which women often do not have with their professional contacts.
“When a company has to take risks, then it is pretty normal that a man gives a tough task to another man. Because he knows him better, he trusts him more.” said Ibarra.
Her tips for women:
– When there are not enough women in your own company try to enlarge your network with female professionals from other companies. By having contacts with those “peers” you get a bigger overlap between your personal and professional network.
– Women can also strengthen their relationships with men through having more lunches with them or finding other activities they can do together.
In my opinion these are worthwhile tips, not only for women, but also for men.
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