How gender bias impacts the workplace and how to beat it

| March 6, 2020

Bias might be built in to how our brains work, but that doesn’t make it acceptable. Recent advances in psychology and neuroscience have given us unprecedented insight into how biases interfere with good decision-making.

When it comes to leadership, biases create a ‘sticky floor’, making it hard for women to rise to the top. The good news is that the change to gender balance can be accelerated if you know more about how bias works.

In the new book Beat Gender Bias (Major Street Publishing, $29.95, 1 May 2020), Dr Karen Morley explains how biases, particularly the insidious unconscious ones, trip us up. She outlines an approach for minimising their impact in organisations, with Bias Busters – specific, practical actions you can take with the goal of making it easier to notice, talk about and overcome bias. By creating an inclusive culture, organisations create personal, social and economic value that will sustain future success.

 A practical guide for leaders, Beat Gender Bias shows how anyone can make a difference and play a bigger, more satisfying part in creating a more inclusive world.

Dr Karen Morley is an authority on the benefits of gender balanced leadership and how to help women to succeed at work. It’s her own history of experiencing difference and exclusion that drives Karen’s motivation to beat bias.

She’s working hard to help leaders understand the value of inclusive leadership to organisational as well as social outcomes. Karen has helped organisations like Bunnings, CSL, Department of Education, Department of Justice, Downer, Fulton Hogan Australia, HASSELL, Melbourne Water, QBE, Officeworks, and the University of Melbourne on their diversity and inclusion programs. She has previously published Gender-Balanced Leadership: An Executive Guide and Lead like a Coach: How to Make the Most of Any Team.