Good Guys: How Men Can Be Better Allies for Women in the Workplace

Good Guys: How Men Can Be Better Allies for Women in the Workplace

Good Guys: How Men Can Be Better Allies for Women in the Workplace

Good Guys: How Men Can Be Better Allies for Women in the Workplace


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The key to advancing gender equality? Men.

Women are at a disadvantage. At home, they often face an unequal division of household chores and childcare, and in the workplace, they deal with lower pay, lack of credit for their contributions, roadblocks to promotion, sexual harassment, and more. And while organizations are looking to address these issues, too many gender-inclusion initiatives focus on how women themselves should respond, reinforcing the perception that these are "women's issues" and that men—often the most influential stakeholders in an organization—don't need to be involved.

Gender-in-the-workplace experts David G. Smith and W. Brad Johnson counter this perception. In this important book, they show that men have a crucial role to play in promoting gender equality at work. Research shows that when men are deliberately engaged in gender-inclusion programs, 96 percent of women in those organizations perceive real progress in gender equality, compared with only 30 percent of women in organizations without strong male engagement.

Good Guys is the first practical, research-based guide for how to be a male ally to women in the workplace. Filled with firsthand accounts from both men and women, and tips for getting started, the book shows how men can partner with their female colleagues to advance women's leadership and equality by breaking ingrained gender stereotypes, overcoming unconscious biases, developing and supporting the talented women around them, and creating productive and respectful working relationships with women.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781633698727
Publisher: Harvard Business Review Press
Publication date: 10/13/2020
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 136,686
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

David G. Smith is a professor of sociology in the College of Leadership and Ethics at the US Naval War College. W. Brad Johnson is a professor of psychology in the Department of Leadership, Ethics, and Law at the United States Naval Academy and a faculty associate in the Graduate School of Education at Johns Hopkins University. They are the coauthors of Athena Rising: How and Why Men Should Mentor Women.

You can find David G. Smith at:

You can find W. Brad Johnson at:

Table of Contents

Preface ix

1 Men: The Missing Ingredient in Gender Equity 1

Part 1 Interpersonal Allyship

How to Show Up in Workplace Relationships with Women

2 Expand Your GQ (Gender Intelligence) 19

3 To Be Legit as an Ally, Start at Home 45

4 Everyday interactions with Women at Work 59

5 Trust and Reciprocity in Friendships with Women 87

Part 2 Public Allyship

How to Become a Proactive Ally for Women

6 Watchdog Skills 109

7 Meetings: Dangerous Places If You're Not a Dude 137

8 Sponsoring Women Loudly 153

Part 3 Systemic Allyship

Becoming an Advocate for Organizational Change

9 Organizational Change Starts with You and Your Leadership 175

10 Developing a Culture of Allyship 201

Conclusion: The Future in the World of Allies 215

Notes 217

Index 231

Acknowledgments 243

About the Authors 245

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