Reaping the Gender Dividend: Women in Leadership

by Beth O'Neill

I was intrigued recently by a discussion of women’s representation at the 2014 Davos World Economic Forum (WEF), as reported by CNN. The annual international meeting began  imposing quotas for women delegates in 2006, yet the representation of women in 2014 was just 17 percent.

Saadia Zahidi, head of gender parity and human capital at the WEF, said the low percentage of female representation at Davos is a reflection of the general scarcity of women in senior leadership positions in the private and in the public sector. She went on to note, "It goes beyond the meeting, because this is a reflection of what is happening in the world. It is not just about three or four days of the year. This is about global leadership as a whole and there the numbers are very, very low."

There certainly is no shortage of data indicating that women are poorly represented in top leadership roles worldwide. But what's the impact of that on business? One answer: Businesses are failing to reap the well-documented "gender dividend" that comes when they increase the numbers of women at the top.

Interaction Associates recently surfaced interesting research findings on this topic that make a strong case for advancing women in top leadership roles.

The Interaction Associates “Women in Leadership” workshop is designed to equip women to take their place in top leadership positions. Our collaborative approach sets aside any notion of “male bashing,” and focuses on behaviors and a vision of leadership to create a positive bridging of the gender gap. Learn more here.

 

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