It’s time for mid-level leaders

Mid-level leaders are on the front lines of workplace change. Whether you’re a manager running a multimillion dollar retail store, a department director or a vice president at a consumer goods and services company — you have the power to advance women’s leadership and create a better workplace every day.

NEW has partnered with the Center for Creative Leadership to develop a unique leadership model for women in our industry. Our Accelerator Report highlights eight key competencies critical to women (and five career derailers). These competencies are featured in our NEW Leadership Academy webinars. Read and share the report with your team today.

Develop your teams
Use the NEW Leadership Academy and other online learning to develop your staff and your mentees. Organize watch parties with your direct reports and mentees and then lead a discussion on the content. Ask participants want they learned and what surprised them. Ask, “What key takeaway did you get and what will you do differently to grow your leadership skills and make your company a better place to work?” Invest time in yourself – invest time in developing others. Together we can create a workplace where everyone can be their best.

Join our Movement. We’ll post your name on our Wall of Change and send you updates on our Movement and special content from the Network of Executive Women.

Increase your NEW engagement and that of your team members. Sign up for our NEW Rising Stars development program for mid-level leaders. Participate in our learning programs and webinars, conferences and regional and onsite events — and encourage and enable your team members to join you. Volunteer for a regional committee and make valuable industry connections with customers and colleagues.

Enlist men
Women’s leadership is not a women’s issue, it’s a business issue, and our Movement requires the active participation of men to succeed. Don’t just send your female emerging leaders to NEW events, send your male emerging leaders, too.

Get a sponsor
Surveys show that most women think hard work and long hours are enough to advance in the workplace. Men know better. They cultivate connections with senior leaders, and it’s one reason there are more men in top roles. According to one study, sponsorship provides a benefit of up to 30 percent in terms of stretch assignments, promotions and pay raises.

Be a mentor
Mentoring others is an essential part of every leader’s development. It helps build your network, attract and retain talent for your organization and gain insights into today’s workforce. Being a mentor sharpens your leadership skills and helps advance workplace transformation, one leader at a time.

Download and share NEW research. Subscribe to our NEW SmartBrief and NEW Times newsletters and forward relevant articles to your team members. Join our 44,000 followers on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and YouTube. Embed women’s leadership in your content, communications and programs. Attend NEW’s conferences and regional events and volunteer to speak. Ask other members of your senior leadership team to do the same. Make your organization a leader in our Movement.

Be an advocate
Tell your colleagues “It’s Time” for more women leaders in your organization. Become an advocate for workplace transformation and a more flexible, authentic and inclusive workplace for everyone. Get active in your company’s business resource groups and leadership organizations like the Network. You can’t change the industry by yourself, but we can change it together.

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