What are men doing to support and lead each other to make for a more welcoming work environment for women (and others)?
Men who are good leaders do not need to look at inclusion efforts as being only upon their own shoulders, but rather something to invite others to. Pointing out equity issues in the workplace and discussing solutions with other men is a way to success when it comes to leading and supporting other men in their inclusion efforts. They understand that challenging others or intervening in things they see as non-inclusive is an opportunity to explain what they have learned rather than simply saying “you are wrong.” They see opportunity in discussion when they intervene, not an argument. Male leaders understand that inclusion in the workplace doesn’t happen overnight, and it cannot be fixed and then moved on from. Just like all equality efforts, inclusion in the workplace is an ongoing practice of being the change they wish to see. They also understand that there is something to gain themselves in inclusion efforts, because as every individual is a part of some type of culture, men are in their own culture as well. Fully inclusive cultures benefit everyone-including men. Extract from a MARC blog, Oct. 2013