Women In Leadership Roles Have The Power to Change Things; So Why Don't They?


There’s a quote from a woman executive in Head Office, a low budget parody of itself so unremarkable that I had to spend 15 minutes finding it, says something to the effect that a woman tells herself that she can bend her ethics to get to a place where she can do really good and important things in life, but she adds, the problem is that when you get there you can’t remember what all those good things are. Fortunately, there are many outstanding success stories out there about women who didn’t have to sell their souls to get into a position where they can make a difference and can do those good things.

About six months ago, I was blissfully working on my second book on how safety incentives have created a system where companies actively or passively get their workers to lie about the nature of their injuries (encouraging them to say it happened at home or anywhere but at work) when my publisher asked me to write a book on single-shooter events in the workplace.

As I researched the subject I soon found myself down the nightmarish rabbit hole of workplace violence. I felt like the private detective who, thinking he is working a routine runaway search, finds himself neck deep in the seemy world of human trafficking. Homicide is the number one cause of death for women in the workplace and a recent study issued by the National Safety Council found that over 70% of the non-fatal workplace violence was directed against women, Of women killed in the workplace, 43% are killed by a family member (usually a husband) or domestic partner while only 2% of men are killed by this demographic. Is there any other statistic as lopsided as this that doesn’t provoke righteous indignation if not outright rage?
It was truly unsettling, but what was worse, was that when I released the book Lone Gunman: Rewriting the Handbook On Workplace Violence Prevention I was alarmed to find that nobody seemed to care.
Men seem to reject the statistics outright and women sadly shrug and say “nobody cares if people kill women.”
Several weeks ago I was in New Orleans and since I was going to be there anyway, I asked my publisher to approach the person at an International Book store chain, it the store would be interested in having me do an author’s event while I was there. “It’s not in the wheelhouse of the things we usually do” or something to that effect was his response. In the span of just over a week two women in two separate incidents were gunned down on the job. Both I’m told, by e

By Phil La Duke

Keywords: Future of Work, Leadership, Social

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