Just be yourself? Image and Identity in Women's Leadership Advancement | University of Oxford

Just be yourself? Image and Identity in Women's Leadership Advancement

Speaker
Herminia Ibarra
Event date
Event time
17:45 - 18:45
Venue
Saïd Business School
Park End Street
Oxford
OX1 1HP
Event type
Conferences
Event cost
Free Admission
Disabled access?
Yes
Booking required
Required

Much current theory and debate about the slow pace of women's ascent to the top levels of economic organisations has ignored the identity processes involved in coming to see oneself, and be seen by others, as a leader. In this lecture, Herminia will argue that subtle, often invisible forms of gender bias - stemming from workplace structures, cultures, and patterns of interaction that unintentionally exclude women - shape, and often interfere with, the identity work involved in becoming a leader. The crucial task of internalising a leader identity is fraught from the outset for women, who must establish credibility in settings where they are underrepresented numerically and implicit models of effective leadership who are male-typed.