Siemens and Talking Talent launch Women into Leadership programme

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Siemens has joined forces with one of the UK’s leading gender coaching consultancies, Talking Talent, to launch its Women into Leadership programme.

The programme aims to accelerate the progression of its high potential women and improve the gender balance at the top of the organisation.

National trends illustrate an erosion of gender diversity with seniority, which has historically been typical within Siemens. However, Siemens Women in Leadership programme aims to reverse this trend and empower female talents to take up leadership roles.

Siemens approached Talking Talent to develop and deliver its Women into Leadership programme, as a result of the coaching consultancy’s in-depth knowledge and renowned expertise in gender specific development for women. Siemens required a high impact, coaching-led intervention to accelerate engagement and performance.

The Women in Leadership programme is aimed at the next generation of senior leadership. It consists of both group and one-to-one coaching, targeted and tailored events, as well as mentoring from senior individuals in the business across a six month period. Each cohort is made up of twelve high potential women.

The programme looks to address common areas that tend to impede women from progressing, including: self-belief and confidence; political savviness; networking; influencing; authentic personal brand; presence and gravitas; and strategic career planning.

In addition to coaching each individual, the programme also focuses on the role of her line manager in career progression and provides support for the corresponding manager cohort. Talking Talent research highlights that better line manager support is the top request from women wanting to progress their careers, while sadly one in three women say line manager behaviour impedes their career prospects.

Maria Ferraro, Chief Financial Office at Siemens UK and executive sponsor of the new initiative said, “Siemens is leading the way in our sector with the launch of our new ‘Women into Leadership’ programme.”

“In a period when all big companies are under pressure to achieve the Government’s target of 30% female boardroom representation, I am so proud that we have walked the walk and translated debate into action.”

“This is not about meeting targets.”

“We have such an incredible diverse talent pool and we want to be the company where women have the same opportunities to rise to the top and become leaders as much as men.”

Rebecca Hourston, Managing Director and Head of Coaching Programmes at Talking Talent, said, “We love partnering with organisations like Siemens who are so committed to increasing the number of women progressing through the business.”

“By working with Talking Talent, Siemens will make significant progress towards ensuring that the barriers to women succeeding in the business are reduced, if not removed.”

“We’re confident we will see a substantial shift in the number of women progressing at Siemens in the very near future.”

Alison Simpson
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