Gender Responsive Leadership

Gender Responsive Leadership (GRL) is about creating leadership environments that actively promote gender equality. The progress that has been made in gender equality in the past is now under pressure and, in some cases, in decline. Wars, climate change, pandemics and increased inequality are slowing the progress of gender equality. Therefore, there is a need for leaders who are aware of the challenges and proactively engage in promoting gender equality. This includes acting as a role model in the fight against gender stereotypes, setting clear goals for gender equality and promoting a culture where responsibility for gender equality is prioritized among employees.

Why should managers work with Gender Responsive Leadership?

Gender Responsive Leadership has a significant impact on organizational culture. Empowering equality and diversity promotes a culture where all employees employees feel valued and included - regardless of gender. As a leader, you play a key role in ensuring your organization succeeds in gender equality. You don't need to be an expert on the topic, but you do need to integrate a conscious equality and fairness perspective into your leadership practice. It's about actively reducing gender inequalityboth in the the workplace and in your own and your team's activities. It is about meeting challenges related to gender discrimination, gender stereotypes and inequality.

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LEAD's approach to Gender Responsive Leadership within DEI

LEAD's approach to GRL is based on knowledge developed by Folke Bernadotte Academy. At LEAD we focus, among other things, on working with five core leadership skills that are fundamental for any good leader who who wants to work with responsible and responsible and fair equality:

  1. Be a role model and ally.
  2. Set goals - and prioritize them.
  3. Communicate clearly, concisely and persuasively.
  4. Manage staff, resources and activities.
  5. Hold yourself and others accountable.

How we can help you

We offer leadership coaching, research-based training and presentations on Gender Responsive Leadership with the aim of strengthening your and your organization's leadership competencies within gender equality. See examples of our services here:


Inspiring research-based presentations on GRL for all levels of your organization


Sparring in connection with the development of your organization, your decisions and initiatives within the GRL area (e.g. development of strategy, policies and action plans)

Education and training

Facilitation of training courses and active workshops focusing on competence development at management and organizational level.

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The purpose of the DEI leadership course for OK was to create awareness and inspiration for 100 leaders through hands-on training on how leaders can promote an inclusive culture and ensure a safe and attractive workplace for everyone.

To ensure that the content and format of the training hit the mark with the managers, we conducted three test workshops for the executive board, AMO organization and HR. With input from these, we tailored the final format and used the input from the management in particular to anchor the course strategically for the managers.

The training consisted of two workshops with six to seven weeks in between to ensure knowledge transfer and time for trial actions between the two workshops. Buddy agreements supported that managers were kept up on their promises of trial actions between workshops.

I started the program with my arms crossed, but I think something has really happened from the first workshop to now. We can talk about things that I didn't think we could talk about in OK. It's great and a big step in the journey for us."

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LEAD teaches at a DEI leadership development program for management, managers, directors of studies, heads of department and other personnel managers at CBS.

The program aims to train inclusive leadership skills in the management team as part of CBS' implementation of their Gender Equality plan

In collaboration with CBS' D&I Office, different themes were selected. It was important for CBS that the managers developed a common language and had fruitful dialogues along the way. Therefore, the managers met in learning groups between the 4 modules to practice DEI competencies in practice.

Other topics: How to deal with discrimination in the workplace, diversity management, microaggressions and norms

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