If we want men and women to work together in an environment that feels safe and inclusive for everyone, we’ve got to collectively address uneven power dynamics and polarizing gender rhetoric.
That’s one of the reasons why gaslighting, whether intentional or accidental, is so dangerous. The director of the 2013 short video It’s Not About The Nail says it’s about communication, but it’s about something more insidious — stereotypical gender roles that continue to be hammered into our heads, often without our awareness. These stereotypes surface in nearly all aspects of our lives, including in the workplace, and they’re toxic.
For more about this, check out my Forbes blog, Why it’s about gaslighting, not about the nail, published May 28, 2019.