Progress on gender diversity at work has stalled

October 29, 2018

I was recently asked to discuss a man’s perspective of women in leadership.

My thoughts simple put: There aren’t enough women in these roles.

And this isn’t just a thought, it’s a fact… For every 100 men promoted, only 79 women are elevated.

The underrepresentation of women in leadership is so interwoven in our culture, it just goes unnoticed or is accepted without question.

But why are the numbers so uneven, especially when diversity of thought generates superior outcomes?

I think it’s because men are afraid of people unlike themselves. They’re scared of losing power. But winning ideas come from truly different life experiences and that’s where the focus needs to be.

The history of this country shows that diversity doesn’t organically happen. It must be sought after and respected as an important quality for a business.

So that means men need to do more to help women get leadership opportunities and SUCCEED at them once they do. Men must also allow women to make mistakes and grow into their role as a leader, the same way we allow men to.

Start by actively hiring women. Mentor them in their career with leadership roles in mind. Help them be ready to take on the role when it arrives – even if it’s outside of your company!

It should be noted that nowhere here do I suggest women do anything differently. They are already powerful, smart, capable and enthusiastic about leadership.

We not only have to stop being part of the problem, but actively become participants in the solution.

Read more on the topic in this highly informative article.