Why are Women Getting Nominated but Not Elected?

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According to WOW! Quick Facts published by Business Women Network in Washington, DC; Canada (nor the United States), even ranks in the top 15 countries that have the highest percentage of women in legislative houses. Rwanda, Sweden and Denmark hold the top 3 spots. Why is Canada so far behind? Will Canada's latest election allow the women who do get seats - top jobs?

According to WOW! Quick Facts published by Business Women Network in Washington, DC; Canada (nor the United States), even ranks in the top 15 countries that have the highest percentage of women in legislative houses. Rwanda, Sweden and Denmark hold the top 3 spots. Why is Canada so far behind? For a country as progressive as Canada, why don’t we rank? Could it be; women have been limited to training and mentorship from a women’s point of view? Europe is known for their diversity education curricula and strong focus on the advancement of women, Canada is trying to catch up.

Elaine Allison, author of her upcoming landmark book – The Velvet Hammer – PowHERful Leadership Lessons for Women Who Don’t Golf, discovered early that women lead differently than men, yet 98% of the leadership books and training have been written - by men. Often the suggested tactics don’t work for women. They can come across like “Hammers” and alienate people. If they resort to their natural tendencies and become too “Velvety” nothing gets done. The notorious style of Margaret Thatcher has waned, we now want an Oprah.

Allison realized she needed a different managerial strategy when she became one of Canada’s first female prison guards to supervise inmates in an all-male maximum security prison at the age 19. She developed a unique leadership approach for women – as her life depended on it. The old way of leading is not working for women and there is a lack of resources for this critical market.

Allison uses the many skills she learned and counsels women now to be direct and impactful while combing a softer approach using diplomacy, compassion and warmth. She describes this in her book The Velvet Hammer: PowHERful Leadership Lessons for Women Who Don’t Golf ($16.95 US / $19.95 CDN, Positive Presentations Plus Inc.) available at http://www.thevelevethammer.com and bookstores this March.

“Women do lead differently than men and it is science. When we acknowledge and leverage these differences in how men and women lead – it could be North America’s secret competitive weapon! We will grow healthier, stronger organizations and more effective leaders,” says Allison an international speaker, author and trainer.

Simply put, a ‘Velvet Hammer’ is a woman who gets things done well by leading with grace and eloquence. She has let go of trying to make what works for her male counterparts, work for her. Instead, the Velvet Hammer leverages her perspective as a woman to gain the trust, enthusiasm and support of teams, while getting things done without feeling the need to ‘command’ or take up golf!

Since her baptism by fire over twenty years ago, Allison moved on to manage over 1400 unionized flight attendants and other corporate leadership roles which ultimately defined her effectiveness as at trainer, speaker, successful author and business woman. She won The Visions of Excellence Entrepreneur of the Year Award in 2002, and has won other speaking awards. She attributes her success directly to the “velvet hammer” techniques she shares.

Elaine will be on a cross Canada tour conducting mini-talks at libraries and Chapters/Indigo locations in the following cities; Victoria, Vancouver, Halifax, Ottawa, Toronto, Winnipeg, Regina, Edmonton and Calgary throughout March. For more information on The Velvet Hammer: “PowHERful Leadership Lessons for Women Who Don’t Golf or when Elaine will be in your city, visit: http://www.thevelvethammer.com

Note to editors: Allison is available for interviews, review copies available.

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