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O’Brien rock climbing in Canmore, Canada training for K2. Photo Credit: Jay Mills

Mountains Have No Ceilings

What Sports Can Teach Us About Women’s Leadership

By: Vanessa O’Brien
OCTOBER 10, 2018

Despite working over 20 years as a business executive in industries as diverse as power generation to financial services, not one of these businesses was led by a female CEO. Women were there, just not at the top. They were there in key support roles as managing directors, heads of departments, divisions, or business units. As time went on, women increasingly took on more challenging roles, i.e., roles that had profit and loss responsibility. Success in these roles would prove women would be ready for the CEO position.

What made women exceptional from my point of view was the way they communicated. Women’s communication styles are naturally collaborative and nurturing. They are able to bring people together, making teams stronger. In a recent Deloitte survey of 7,000-plus businesses, the number-one goal was to design a network of teams and remove organizational matrices to meet the demands of a changing business climate. A network of teams requires more focus on communication, not less. Which is where women really excel….

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