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1. 3 components of executive presence

Forté Foundation SmartBrief | Jan 28, 2015

Female leaders need to convey gravitas, polish their communication skills and know that appearance matters, says Sylvia Ann Hewlett, economist, consultant and co-director of the Women's Leadership Program at Columbia Business School. These are components of executive presence, or "projecting potential and being seen as leadership material," she says. Forte Foundation (01/23)


2. Mary Barra on how to thrive in a new role

Forté Foundation SmartBrief | Jan 28, 2015

When stepping into a new position, focus on the customer as you make decisions, writes Mary Barra, CEO of General Motors. Also, pay attention to what the people around you have to say and be willing to adapt along the way. "[A] big part of leadership is being able to look over the horizon and anticipate the changes to come," she notes. LinkedIn (01/21)


3. How to manage office politics

Forté Foundation SmartBrief | Jan 28, 2015

Many women view office politics as uncomfortable yet unavoidable, writes Kathryn Heath, a principal at Flynn Heath Holt Leadership. You can handle difficult situations by planning, relying on the advocacy of your peers and recognizing that political situations don't have to be personal. "The female executives we know who can look upon politics like a game -- win some, lose some -- tend to be more resilient and have smarter responses when a political interaction takes them by surprise," Heath writes. Harvard Business Review online (tiered subscription model) (01/14)


4. Why aren't there more female leaders?

Forté Foundation SmartBrief | Jan 28, 2015

Women remain underrepresented as CEOs despite the fact that four-fifths of respondents to a recent Pew survey said men and women are equally effective as leaders. "It's not that the public thinks women aren't qualified. The public is really pointing to deeper societal barriers," said Kim Parker of Pew. More than half of female respondents said they are held to different standards than their male peers, and 65% of women said they are discriminated against. Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model), The (01/14) Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model) (01/14)


5. Where MBA salaries are headed in 2015

Forté Foundation SmartBrief | Jan 28, 2015

About half of companies plan to increase salaries for new MBA graduates this year to keep pace with inflation, and 18% expect to raise pay beyond that, according to a survey conducted by the Graduate Management Admission Council. Seventy-two percent of respondents are planning to hire employees with MBAs in 2015, up from 69% of employers who said the same thing last year. Bloomberg Businessweek (01/07)


6. Helping women speak up at work

Forté Foundation SmartBrief | Jan 28, 2015

Research suggests that women in the business world may face a backlash when they share their ideas, write Facebook executive Sheryl Sandberg and professor Adam Grant. Companies can overcome this problem by helping more women move into leadership roles, encouraging them to participate and using innovative strategies to overcome bias. New York Times (tiered subscription model), The (01/12)


7. Confidence is key for female MBA applicants

Forté Foundation SmartBrief | Jan 28, 2015

U.S. News & World Report (01/09)


8. Put in the effort to catch an employer's attention

Forté Foundation SmartBrief | Jan 28, 2015

Candidates looking to land a job should develop a concise "elevator pitch" highlighting how they can help a particular organization, MIT career development specialist Lily Zhang advises in this blog post. Job seekers also should do research on a company, prepare their materials and look for people within the company to help them get an interview, Zhang writes. TheMuse.com (01/19)


9. MBAs eye Silicon Valley jobs

Forté Foundation SmartBrief | Jan 28, 2015

Graduate-level business students are beginning to turn away from Wall Street jobs, choosing instead to pursue roles with startups. Business schools are responding with programs that cater to this trend. Yahoo (01/07)


10. Women in low attendance at World Economic Forum

Forté Foundation SmartBrief | Jan 28, 2015

Bloomberg (01/25)




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