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Gender Diversity Pays off

Here are the main points from the Gender Diversity Pays Off  a presentation from SlideShare – check it out! Organisations with Better Financial Performance Have More Women in Leadership Roles There was no significant difference between the men and women  regarding leadership skills or ability to handle management and business challenges. Yet, women remain underrepresented in higher levels of leadership. One of the few significant differences between the sexes is level of confidence. Men considered themselves more effective as leaders. This self-confidence is reflected in how highly they rate their leadership skills and ability to tackle management and business challenges….

Women assert yourselves and find your voice!

Harvard Business Review A recent report from the Harvard Business School encourages women to reach their full potential: ‘women assert yourself and find your voice’! Some interesting examples of senior women experiences in the report helped highlight how some women need to assert themselves more if they are to break through the glass ceiling. A senior manager is asked to give up an executive committee seat because the CEO wants to shrink the group’s size and plans to retain only “the most engaged” members. The leader of a $50 million division is passed over for top level promotions after failing to…

Women’s Business Council – ONE YEAR ON report 2014

Women need male CEOs support to get to the top The Women’s Business Council is an independent working group set up by the Government Equalities Office in 2012 with the aim of ensuring real action by central Government, business and others to maximise women’s contribution to economic growth.  Amongst their messages this year: “Changing the mind-set of the key players in the business world, who hold the key to removing the barriers for countless numbers of women, will remain a critical area for the Women’s Business Council’s forward programme during 2014/15. Our discussions with male CEOs this year has convinced…

Attitudes in the workplace: Nov 2013

Gender stereotypes limit men and women pursuing certain occupations This challenging study of 2,000 people shows how gender stereotypes and discrimination affect people’s views and perceptions of the role of men and women in the British workplace and that sexism still exists. The survey revealed a number of concerning facts: Both sexes are still being held back from pursuing occupations that might not be seen as suitable for their gender. 40% of the UK population believe men should not do jobs such as midwife, nurse, nanny or beautician. For women, it’s only slightly lower, with 38% saying women should not…

McKinsey Quarterly April 2014 – Gender diversity and corporate culture

Increasing gender diversity in top management means moving corporate culture This influential report asserts that more women at the top means changing collective values, beliefs and principles i.e. changing corporate culture.  The report outlines the findings from a survey of 1400 managers Worldwide.  The findings suggest that corporate culture plays a critical role in gender diversity at the top of organisations suggesting it’s twice as important as individual mindsets in determining whether or not women believe they can succeed. Women are less confident than their male peers in their chances of success and there is a lack of awareness amongst…

Leadership Trust Report: Leadership Think Tank Nov 2012

 The nature of leadership needs to change This report from The Leadership Trust summarise the conversations over two days by renowned academics in the area of leadership research. The report proposes radical change to the way we think about leadership. The underlying theme was that business and society is changing rapidly and the practice of leadership is not changing quickly enough to reflect these shifts. In order for leadership to begin to address today’s critical problems, the idea of leadership must move away the hero figure who offers himself (usually a him) as a saviour, followed by inevitable disappointment and…

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