Empowering women in business: why leadership is needed to end bias

Women in business, how are you doing? If the answer is less than stellar, the findings from a new report may explain why. Megan Della Camina joins us to unpack the data from the Voice of Women at Work 2023 report and explains how we can better support women in their career development.

Megan Della Camina is a passionate advocate for women’s empowerment and progress in the workforce.  She is the founder of women’s leadership company Women Rising and is a sought-after expert on why we need to invest in authentic leadership that supports women to succeed.

In this episode of Flying Solo, Megan unpacks:

Key topics discussed in this podcast

1. The Importance of authentic leadership in small business:

  • Megan unpacks why authentic leadership is essential and why you need to be clear on your leadership style.  
  • Understanding and meeting the needs of team members, considering strengths, equity, and equality
  • Challenges faced by small business owners in handling multiple responsibilities without infrastructure and support

2. Assessing wellbeing and addressing burnout

  • The importance of self-perception and self-determination in assessing your wellbeing.
  • The high levels of stress and burnout over the past 18 months
  • Providing the necessary tools and environment for teams to thrive
  • – Prioritising well-being, managing stress, and workload

3. Challenges faced by women in careers

  • Why maternal bias as the number one gender bias impacting women’s career paths
  • The assumptions about women’s interests and commitment after becoming parents Structural factors and biases to be addressed to support women in their careers

4. The Manager-Employee Relationship:

  • How the manager-employee relationship goes hand-in-hand with an employee’s ability to thrive.
  • The importance of being seen, valued, and recognised in the daily grind of business
  • Celebrating wins, allowing for failures, and rewarding your team

5. Fighting Bias in the Workplace

  • How can you flip the script to challenge your own internal biases?
  • Triggering awareness through self-questioning and analyzing thoughts
  • Recognising and challenging unconscious biases and assumptions. Intersectionality and bias: How to move past intersectional biases.
  • Tapping into values as a leader to address bias across the board

Episode timestamps

  • [00:03:02] Being clear on leadership in small teams.
  • [00:07:13] The impact of the lack good manager relationships.
  • [00:12:09] Perception of thriving versus burnout is concerning.
  • [00:14:24] Awareness of employees’ well-being as business crucial. S
  • [00:19:15] Challenges women face due to maternal bias.
  • [00:22:56] Intersectionality, gender bias, ageism, sexual orientation. Supporting individual needs and authenticity.
  • [00:24:44] Leadership style, support, growth, well-being, bias.

Click here for full episode transcript.

Host: Cec Busby
Producer: Mikey Marren
Guest: Megan Dalla-Camina. Find out more about Megan

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