High Potential Women Leaders
Benchmarking Study: Executive Summary of Findings
Challenges Women Leaders Face
Creating breakthrough with women leaders to unlock their potential
Women bring their full selves to work, believe in themselves, do what matters most and have impact
The Research is Clear
Companies with more women leaders do better
We conducted an extensive research study in 2018 about “Challenges Women Leaders Face” from the perspectives of male and female leaders and Human Resources professionals.
As a result of this research, we created our Signature Program:
The Bold Leadhership Program
This program was developed to empower women to overcome the biggest challenges identified in the study and encompasses 10 crucial areas of skill development.
The simple, practical and profound tools and practices in the program help create breakthroughs for women leaders AND integrate it with the organization’s leadership. The supportive network among women in the program is another key component to what makes the BOLD Leadhership Program unique.
The program can be tailored to the particular needs and challenges of your organization. We leverage the elements of the BOLD Leadhership Program to focus on the key levels the company wants to target.
BOLD Leadhership advances women leaders by strengthening leadership from the InsideOut (leading self) and the OutsideIn (leading others, team, Enterprise).
Advance can mean to promote, retain, develop or elevate the extent to which women:
Speak up for what they think and feel
Sign up for new actions and opportunities
Stand up for what matters
Step into challenges or new opportunities
Self-advocate and build their network
Identifying what matters most to them personally, to their team, to the organization
Creating a strong mindset and presence
Building strong habits of well-being
Communicating through powerful language that influences and inspires
Challenging their own and their teams’ status quo
BE YOURSELF: TO BE MYSELF, I NEED TO BELIEVE IN MYSELF
- Be Me: Believe in myself, reconnect with what matters most, bring my whole self to work.
- Trust Myself: I am (good) enough.
DARE TO SHARE: GET A BETTER ME, GIVE A BETTER ME
- Commit to Well- Being: When I take care of myself, I am capable of anything.
- Use My Voice: When I speak, I add value. When I negotiate and say no, I build trust.
- Ask for What I Want: When I make requests and ask for help, I am a bold leader.
OWN YOUR ZONE: PRACTICE COURAGE
- Do It Boldly: Self- advocate, make uncomfortable decisions, seek new opportunities.
- Challenge Fear: Get comfortable feeling uncomfortable.
- Be Coach-able: Get accurate, reframe beliefs, take CORE STEPs.
LEAD WITH PRESENCE: COMMUNICATE CONSCIOUSLY
- Be Present: My presence speaks volumes before I say a word.
- Practice Intentional Language: My words create my world.
How we do it:
We focus on targeted populations:
There is often a gap of development, support and community at Senior Director/VP levels. Research points to the high cost of personal suffering, often unknown to others, that can lead to retention and advancement challenges. We also create solutions for emerging high potential leaders.
We work with the “whole person”:
We focus on the core elements of who leaders are, what they want, and what they do that gets in their way. Our research shows self-doubt, struggle with the work/life juggle and communication are the biggest internal barriers.
Integrated women’s development solution:
Creating an inclusive culture where everyone can reach their highest leadership potential can’t be done in a vacuum. In addition to the women-only time, this program includes, integrates and engages male and female managers in becoming effective sponsors, managers and coaches.
Specialized, targeted solution:
We customize specialized solutions based on the company’s particular needs. This can include forms of coaching, facilitation and training for women leaders and mixed gender audiences to accelerate integration and inclusion.
We combine expertise in highly interactive development sessions for individual and group coaching, in-person and virtual facilitation, and a systems-lense to create solutions that benefit leaders and the greater culture.
Content is based on experience and proprietary research:
25+ years of building high performing organizations is combined with our independent research that centers on “Challenges Women Leaders Face.” It is not only critical to focus on leadership practices and the cultural elements. Research shows the significant extent to which women get in their own way. This work focuses on what leaders can do to overcome these challenges.
Build the Network:
Women who participate tend to create community networks that are supportive and encouraging in their quest for finding their voices, bringing their full selves, creating opportunities and advancement, and succeeding while balancing life and work priorities. We design the groups to build trust, community and confidentiality that last long after the experience ends.
What clients are saying…
“Intuitive and experienced, provocative and wise, engaging and objective are the words that come to mind. Wanting to protect my team, I was bogged down which distracted me from being an effective leader. When I took that weight off my shoulders THAT created opportunity for my team. THAT created time: time to BE an effective leader, time to listen, and time to learn and develop. It also created the space to be present and more time for family. When I let go, it was LIBERATING and EXCITING. I could not have imagined a better partner than Gisele to support me in navigating this leadership journey.“
~ Associate General Counsel, Financial Services Company
“If you want an easy ride and have no real intentions for self-improvement, don’t pick Gisele as your coach. She is sharp, insightful and will hold up the mirror. She will give you tangible tools for becoming a better leader and invaluable perspectives for all aspects of your life. She does this in a warm, authentic and engaging way. I cannot say enough about how valuable her coaching has been for me both personally and professionally. Perhaps my actions speak louder than words. I continue to work with Gisele, not only when promoted internally, but after I left the organization.”
~ SVP R&D, Consumer Foods Company
“I realize that I am not alone. So many others are succeeding and struggling with similar issues. I experienced so many things from the other women in the room.”
~ Program Participant
“I just loved the light and funny way Gisele touched important things that really impact women in leadership roles.”
~ Tatiana Bortolotti
“Bold framework is a very constructive way of thinking, but having it presented so compellingly and relatably by Gisele really hammered it home.”
~ Natalie Chomet