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7 Superpowers of Women in the Workplace (Part 1) – Dr Shawn Andrews
Episode 393rd March 2023 • Beyond The Water Cooler • Lisa LLoyd
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As we celebrate International Women's Day, I'm delighted to be joined by Dr Shawn Andrews, author of The Power of Perception: Leadership, Emotional Intelligence and the Gender Divide.

I came across her book a few years ago and it was gripping - loads of jaw-dropping data, relatable case-studies and practical advice about women in leadership roles. She has so much to say that we split the conversation into two parts! 

In the first episode, Shawn explains the 5 main barriers for women in business which are nothing to do with their skills or competencies and everything to do with perceptions of women. We've seen this all to clearly recently with Jacinda Ardern. 

We then turn our focus to the 7 superpowers that women bring to companies and these take us into the second episode where we also explore questions such as 'why are some women more successful than others?'.

Shawn outlines examples and practical ways to develop these attributes if they are not your strengths (that goes for men too). And she outlines the benefits to men, both personally and professionally, of supporting women to climb the career ladder. 


More about Shawn

Dr. Shawn Andrews is a keynote speaker, organizational consultant, and author of the best-selling book, The Power of Perception: Leadership, Emotional Intelligence, and the Gender Divide.

She’s been a Forbes contributor, quoted in the Chicago Tribune, and interviewed on dozens of podcast and radio shows, including NPR.

She serves as a professor at both UC Irvine and Pepperdine University business schools, teaching courses on Women and Leadership and Organizational Behavior. She is founder and CEO of Andrews Research International.

Links to contact Shawn:

LinkedIn: Dr Shawn Andrews

Facebook: Dr Shawn Andrews Page

Instagram: @drshawnandrews



Resources & References

7 Superpowers of Women (part 1) | LinkedIn

Book: The Power of Perception: Leadership, Emotional Intelligence, and the Gender Divide - Shawn Andrews Ed.D. M.B.A

7 Superpowers of Men (part 2) | LinkedIn

Women in the Workplace | McKinsey

Angela Lee Duckworth: Grit: The power of passion and perseverance | TED Talk

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