President Obama recently wrote an essay on feminism in which he called on men to help to create equal relationships, saying equality benefits us all. Nowhere is that more clear than in the mid-ranks of corporate life, where far too many valuable women leave the workforce at their peak performance. This happens due to many factors including lack of support from managers and a perception at least of inequality.
Often what a male manager needs to do for a female direct report is not substantially different than what he would do for male employees; the distinction is mainly in style. There are very, practical tangible steps male managers could take. Below are my top ten recommendations.