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Speaking with woman managers, there is one thing I hear over and over.
They feel lonely.
It isn't that they lack friends or a social network. More that they feel isolated. There is so much more responsibility and they don't feel like they have anyone they can turn to.
Managing can be lonely. The buck now stops with you. Where do you go for advice or to bounce ideas around after a difficult week? Who are your mentors and sponsors?
Building a successful network is something you have to carefully cultivate. You can't just start asking your connections on LinkedIn. It takes time and conversation.
A pleasant surprise has been the stories I've heard from my Women Managers Cohort. They report over and over that they have found such a network in the Cohort itself. While it was never designed as a networking group, that may be the secret to what makes it work. The women find it's a safe space to ask questions. There is no judgement. They can share their expeirences and hear perspectives from other women in the same situations they are in.
I often hear quotes about the Women Managers Cohort like these:
"A female leader that participates in the cohort [has] the opportunity to build relationships with other like-minded women and [has] the opportunity to bounce off ideas, feelings and overall just build that connection." -- Erica
"Getting to meet other like-minded women and have a safe space to talk about our career goals. Building a good support system." -- Qamar
Our next Women Managers Cohort starts April 15th. If you would like to learn more about it and register, follow this link:
And if you have any questions about it, please email me and I'd be happy to find a time to speak with you about it and answer any questions you may have.
Rita Webster, Ph.D.
The Executive Coach for Women Leaders
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