The hurdles that women in the tech industry face are not new and these just increase from the entry-level stage as the numbers of women leaders become scant one studies higher ranks. Silicon Valley tech companies report that only 11 percent of all its executives are women and barely any of them are women of color. Although the cause of this has people up in arms about why there is such a lack of women. From organizational cultures to internal bias within leaders, research has found that one of the reasons is that women who work in male-dominated industries like tech don’t have much access to leadership development programs like men in the same fields.
Interestingly, 80 percent of women in tech report that they love their job; however, there is a higher attrition rate among women than men in this industry. As a result, women quit their jobs at a higher rate than men; 41 percent compared to 17 percent men.
Coaching has been proved to reduce the gender gap in leadership
When a female employee is torn between continuing with her job or quitting, what do companies do to ensure that they stay rather than leave? Every working woman deserves to have her career improve just like her male counterpart in the workplace and now some companies have adopted the coaching method to invest in the future of their high-potential employees. Moreover, studies have proven that coaching can be incredibly effective in reducing the gender gap in leadership development.
Coaching can be in-house or even outsourced
So, what does coaching entail? A one-on-one relationship between a professional coach and an employee who is looking to achieve their goals, by gaining advice and requesting feedback, this can happen in-house or is outsourced by companies. Also, many organizations hire coaches to coach their own managers so they can eventually assist up and coming leaders in their own workplace.
Coaches are the GPS’ of employees
Just as a GPS guides a person to their destination in a step by step manner and redirects the driver back to the route if they take a wrong turn, coaches are the GPS’ of employees. In her book titled, ‘ The Politics of Promotion: How High Achieving Women Get Ahead and Stay Ahead’, Bonnie Marcus reveals how executive coaching can do wonders for one’s career.
Women need skills like “political savvy and strategic vision”
Women in particular need coaching due to the fact that they encounter more obstacles and therefore need the tact to handle them. From internal barriers like lack of confidence to how to negotiate politics and equal pay, women need skills like “political savvy and strategic vision”. Such specialized coaching also helps women navigate interpersonal relationships at the workplace by understanding human psychology at play and this affects people every day. It helps women think about their careers in a strategic way while also making them more aware of themselves. Also, it makes a huge difference in the way women exercise their influence in the office while also increasing their visibility at work; many women feel that they are invisible and are overlooked when it comes to being chosen for projects and promotions. More importantly, it makes them come out of their shells and comfort zones to tackle problems and challenges head-on.
Women receive unbiased perspectives to help them excel
One of the benefits of working with a coach is that women get an objective, unbiased perspective on their careers and perspectives to help them excel in these areas. The problem 50 percent of women leaders believe that their leadership skills aren’t effective, while men think otherwise’ 50 percent believed their leadership was very effective. This is where coaching helps bridge the gap in the way male and female leaders perceived themselves, coaching helped make the difference between men and women disappear.
To boost the effects of coaching even more than ever, it’s important that the employee establishes realistic goals to achieve within the given time frame. Also, these goals must be reviewed and updated on a regular basis in order to advance professionally. There’s nothing like creating and executing a solid plan that will benefit you and your organization.
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