There are those who believe that if women were less flawed, tried harder, and quit complaining, they would hold more senior-level positions.

What has gotten lost in this misperception is that leadership performance expectations are measured against masculine preferences. Holding women to those standards results in them being perceived as lacking the necessary skills. This reality is the elephant in the room.

An elephant in the room is “something too obvious to go unnoticed but uncomfortable to mention.”

~ The Grammarphobia Blog

Business men and women must invite the elephant of leadership expectations to dance. To dismantle barriers to equality, women and men must talk about—remove and resolve—those barriers together.


Creating gender-balanced leadership practices isn’t work a single sex can do alone. Doing that important work requires a partnership where sex, gender, race, age, and even size are irrelevant.

Services for organizations

To get the issues of gender equality and institutional bias front and center, The Jane Group offers a variety of services for organizations looking to optimize both economics and engagement.

For those men and organizations willing to explore purposeful discontent in pursuit of principles, people, and profits, The Jane Group offers audits as well as a variety of leadership learning and development opportunities.


Carl Sandberg wrote that “the fog comes on little cat feet.” So does institutional bias. It silently permeates the workplace. Hiring choices based on networking feeds it. So does privilege. Discover what unintentional practices are keeping your company from fulfilling its full economic and engagement potential.

Senior Team Development

Surrounded by success, senior leaders often allow themselves to get comfortable in a cocoon of confirmation bias. They see what they choose to see and are oblivious to evidence that they’re not providing full opportunity. In these programs, proactive CEOs and their senior teams learn how to break down barriers.

Development Workshops

Either/or thinking as a default style of decision-making and problem-solving causes workplaces to fail in delivering the fullest economic and engagement potential. In mixed sex groups, leaders learn how to manage paradox to augment decision-making and problem-solving to achieve improved performance and inclusion.

Intensive Leadership Development: Create a company full of Level 7 leaders

Level 7 Leaders

Through onsite monthly workshops and group coaching, this intensive, interactive nine-month long program teaches women and men how to deliver both results and relationships, question assumptions, optimize differences, be kind, manage paradox, promote equality, reduce bias and stereotype, and be inclusive to create economic opportunity and engagement.

The greatest danger in times of turbulence is not the turbulence. It is to act with yesterday’s logic.

~ Peter Drucker, management consultant

If you want to change the culture, you will have to start by changing the organization.

~ Mary Douglas, anthropologist

Learning and innovation go hand in hand. The arrogance of success is to think that what you did yesterday will be sufficient for tomorrow.

~ William Pollard, physicist