The face of global business is male, with 90% of the world’s board seats belonging to men. This lack of gender equity in business is driven by a number of factors, many of them deeply entrenched in a patriarchal structure of society. We know changing this matters - to individuals, teams, organisations. Gender equity and wider diversity increasingly matters to investors and shareholders, and of course, ultimately, this matters to society. Countless studies tell us that 'diversity of thought' breeds innovation, growth and profitability, all of which are on organisations' strategic agendas.
So how can we shift the needle - and whose job is it to do so anyway? Empower your leaders, managers and individual contributors to be part of the change and ensure your Diversity & Inclusion specialists work in partnership with your L&D practitioners.
Start viewing this as a leadership issue and develop interventions that are underpinned by 3 key principles:
- Engage everyone in the solution - not just women
- Adopt a team-based approach to drive sustained culture change
- Hold yourselves accountable - top down and bottom up
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