Why Guys Should Lead "Like a Girl"

Thursday, September 20, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm EDT  
Host: Association for Talent Development
By: Michael Stallard, President and Cofounder, E Pluribus Partners/Connection Culture Group and Katie Stallard, Partner, Connection Culture Group

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Some guys may get instinctively defensive when the phrase “like a girl” is tossed at them, but it’s time for them to embrace it, and actually welcome it, if they want to be an effective leader. Inspired by the #LikeAGirl campaign, Michael and Katie Stallard contend that being told you lead “like a girl” should be considered a compliment.

This webcast reviews recent research and offers a fresh perspective on why women have superior leadership skills and what men can do to improve. Michael grew up in a male-dominated machismo culture in an industrial town in the Midwest and worked in the male-dominated culture of Wall Street before marrying Katie and becoming the father of daughters. Through humorous and heartwarming stories, Michael shares what he learned from Katie and their daughters that made him a better leader and person. Michael and Katie also look at several male leaders they’ve identified in researching healthy and productive workplace cultures and share ways in which these guys led “like a girl.” And leading effectively is especially important given the dismal state of employee engagement, with individuals and organizations suffering as a consequence of the current, predominant leadership practices.

In this webcast, you will learn:

  • why research is finding that women typically have superior leadership skills compared with their male counterparts
  • how historical cultures have produced a flawed mental model of effective leaders
  • a new mental model for effective leadership inspired by the contributions of female leaders
  • examples of outstanding, accomplished male leaders who led "like a girl"
  • actions leadership trainers can take to help any leader, irrespective of gender, become confident in leading to produce sustainable, superior performance.


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Michael Stallard
Michael Stallard

President and Cofounder, E Pluribus Partners/Connection Culture Group

Michael Lee Stallard (www.MichaelLeeStallard.com) is a thought-leader, author, speaker and leading expert on how effective leaders boost human connection in culture to improve the health and performance of individuals and organizations. He is the president and cofounder of E Pluribus Partners and the Connection Culture Group. Michael is the primary author of Fired Up or Burned Out: How to Reignite Your Team’s Passion, Creativity, and Productivity and Connection Culture: The Competitive Advantage of Shared Identity, Empathy and Understanding. He has appeared in media outlets worldwide including Entrepreneur, Financial Times, Fast Company, Forbes, Fox Business, Inc., Knowledge@Wharton, Leader to Leader, New York Times and Wall Street Journal. His clients have included Costco, Lockheed Martin, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, NASA, Scotiabank, U.S. Department of Treasury, and Qualcomm. Texas Christian University founded the TCU Center for Connection Culture to advance Michael and his colleagues' ideas at TCU and in higher education. 

Katie  Stallard
Katie Stallard

Partner, Connection Culture Group

Katie is a gifted connector, speaker and teacher. Audiences and seminar participants enjoy her sense of humor and practical advice. Comfortable in front of people, she’s been singing in a cappella groups for more than 24 years and has even done a bit of TV and film work. She’s the first to admit that she “loves a microphone.” A surprising piece of her story is that she is a three-time cancer survivor.

Professionally, Katie brings diverse experiences in marketing, administration, communications, business and non-profit organizations to her role, having worked for a leading global Christian book publisher, a Forbes 400 family helping to manage their diverse holdings and a highly-regarded church. She also has extensive experience volunteering and serving on the boards of social sector and education organizations. Katie graduated cum laude from the University of Illinois with a degree in business administration