When men are actively involved in gender diversity efforts, 96% of organizations report progress, compared to only 30% when men are not involved.

However, many men don’t feel equipped to play any role in inclusion and equity. For some men, the traditional model of masculinity steers men away from talking about emotional topics (except to rant about sports or politics). And other fears get in the way too, such as the possibility of saying something “wrong,” and being labeled as sexist or discriminatory despite their good intentions. What’s a guy to do?

An important new book discusses how to help women both advance and thrive at work – THE FIX: Overcome the Invisible Barriers That Are Holding Women Back at Work – and it includes an entire section equipping men to play a critical role in fixing workplaces so they work for everyone, including women and minority groups. It also reveals how serving this way will also help more men advance at work and enjoy greater well-being themselves.

Michelle King, a PhD and the Director of Inclusion at Netflix, returns to Engaging Leader to discuss questions such as:

  • Who is the workplace “ideal worker” and what impact does that have on both women and men trying to fit that mold?
  • What are the key challenges men face regarding work, and how does gender inequality affect them?
  • What can men do, especially male leaders, to help tackle equality at work?

Michelle King, PhD, is a leading global expert in gender and organizations and Director of Inclusion at Netflix. Previously she was head of the UN Women’s Global Innovation Coalition for Change. Michelle has spent her career advancing women in innovation and technology, leading global diversity and inclusion programs and advocating for women at work. She is an Advisory Board member for Girl Up, the United Nations Foundation’s adolescent girl campaign, and host of The Fix, a podcast that shares the stories, challenges and triumphs of women across innovation, technology and entrepreneurship. She speaks frequently on the topic of gender equality, and contributes regularly to Forbes on the topic of women’s advancement at work. Her work has been published in Harvard Business Review, Huffington Post, Scoop and TIME magazine.

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