by Deanne Chatterton
Originally published: April 13, 2017
To deliver on the immense opportunity of inclusive, motivated and high-performance employees, organisations need to change the parameters for success.
She's just not that into you!
It's been many years since gender diversity was first introduced to the corporate landscape as a business imperative. Yet, at the mention of any new company or industry-wide diversity initiative, an audible sigh emanates from whichever audience is present. Surely this would suggest that the drum has been beaten and that the required changes have been made? Why then, considering all the initiatives implemented across businesses, have so few true inroads been made in effectively addressing the inclusion of woman as senior leaders of the organisations that employ them?
The latest Grant Thornton Women in business Report, March 2017, reveals that globally, the percentage of women in senior management teams has risen just one percentage point in 2017 to 25 percent. However, the number of businesses with no women at all in senior leadership has also risen by 1 percent to 34 percent in the last year. More tellingly, the needle has only moved 6 percent in 13 years since the report was first released.