Using a practice called “shine theory,” a group of female leaders in the early Obama administration did just this. It can work for any directors who feel their voices aren’t heard.
These staffers, feeling overlooked at times, banded together and came up with a meeting strategy they called “amplification.” When a woman made a point, other women would repeat it, giving credit to its originator. This forced others to recognize the contribution—and denied them the chance to claim the idea as their own.
“We just started doing it, and made a purpose of doing it. It was an everyday thing,” said one former staffer who requested anonymity. The president noticed, she and others said, and began calling more often on women.
— Adapted from “Obama’s Female Staffers Came Up With a Genius Strategy to Make Sure Their Voices Were Heard,” Claire Landsbaum, New York.