Why the World Needs Better, Stronger Relationships
If she builds and sustains meaningful relationships, “SheCAN!” diminish stress, embody positivity, and live a long, fulfilling life! Dr. Erikson Neilans here to prescribe you with the medicine you need to avoid common stereotype threat pitfalls and start forming and maintaining significant connections with those around you in order to bring more zest into your personal and professional life.
Relationship management highlights the interpersonal capabilities and strategies an individual owns. The demand for this skill continues to grow in our society. The National Association of Colleges & Employers Job Survey 2019 identified oral and written communication, along with interpersonal skills as well as working with a team are some of the top competencies employers have identified as desiring in their employees. Luckily, we can improve our relationship management abilities. An article written in the Academy of Management Learning and Education identified relationship management can improve our ability to empathize, network, communicate, and manage groups (Boyatzis, Stubbs, and Taylor, 2002). Daniel Goleman further reiterated relationship management can help motivate and develop other people, become a catalyst for change, manage conflicts, and help create as well as sustain meaningful bonds with others. In the end, the evidence is clear: the world wants more relationship management and the personal as well as institutional benefits of these competencies are robust.
The world of women though adds another factor into the equation. While women are graduating from college at unprecedented rates, all too often women don’t have access to female mentors once they’ve joined an organization. The impact of these perceived desolate working conditions is profound. According to a study by Bain and Company, although men and women enter the workforce with equal tenacity, within a two-year time frame, women experience a major drop in achieving organizational advancement. The data is pretty dismal for women employed longer than two years. Their aspirations for achieving a C-level role dropped 60% while their male counterparts dropped by only 10%. Finding and providing supportive, effective mentors for women is important to personal success and to overcoming stereotype threat. And you don’t need an army of mentors to achieve success. In fact, a handful of stories of successful role models appears to be enough in overcoming stereotype threats of members of negatively stereotyped groups (McIntyre et al., 2005).
So, if you are looking to improve your relationship management skills while networking with other women who want to empower you to be the best version of yourself, join us for another SheCAN! partnered event with WomanUP leveraging some of APA Solutions’ research called Relationship Management & Stereotypes on Monday, September 23 rd at 6PM! Click here to RSVP to this live dinner event!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Dr. Erikson Neilans
Dr. Erikson Neilans is an educator and researcher focusing on factors that influence how people perceive the world around them. As an individual highly engaged in neuromarketing and psychophysical techniques, he brings a great deal of knowledge to our brain-based methodology. His experience has led to a data-driven approach to decision making and an emphasis on using evidence to solve problems.