Leaders have a pivotal role to play in influencing the onboarding and career development of their employees.
Part of a leader’s job is to coach, develop, mentor, sponsor and support the people they manage.
What sets an inclusive leader apart in employee onboarding and development is that they overcome the tendency to identify with people who are like themselves and instead try to connect with and support those who are different.
- actively spend time to understand and build trust with each employee
- encourage all qualified employees to take developmental roles or apply for promotions
- celebrate each employee’s performance and give credit when due
Do your leaders have the skills to support all employees to reach their potential?
Bias in Development
- Women who negotiate for a promotion or compensation increase are 30% more likely than men who negotiate to receive feedback that they are “bossy,” “too aggressive,” or “intimidating”.
- Women are more than 20% less likely than men to receive difficult feedback that helps improve their performance. Also, managers are more likely to hesitate when it comes to giving feedback to women due to the risk of sounding mean or hurtful. This is less of a concern when giving feedback to male employees.24