HOW TO ACHIEVE AN INTERNAL CULTURAL SHIFT AS A WOMAN LEADING A MALE-DOMINATED BUSINESS

Gender equality seems to be the topic on everyone’s lips – yet despite an increase in awareness and such extensive media coverage, it’s something that many businesses still struggle to achieve. As women in leadership roles of male dominated businesses, what can we do to inspire an internal culture shift?

When I first stepped into my role as Chief Operating Officer of Stockdale & Leggo, I experienced a wave of sexism and discrimination that I was not at all prepared for. Although I was relatively new to the real estate industry, I knew that my extensive experience in business made me an excellent candidate for the role – and I had to wonder whether a male with the same background as mine would have been met with the same animosity that I endured.

My initial experience painted a pretty grim picture of the current organisational culture, and I knew quite quickly that these attitudes were certainly not going to facilitate the growth of the group. If we were going to be able to continue on as a successful real estate franchise, we needed to act fast and inspire a serious cultural shift.

Here are the top 5 strategies I used to shift an 80-year-old organisational culture within 12 months. Read more

Anna Thomas – Dynamic Business – 6 Mar 2018