Addressing unconscious bias
Research from ManpowerGroup shows the greatest barrier to progress is an entrenched male culture, according to a survey of leaders. To avoid masculine stereotypes in identifying candidates, organizations need assessments that are gender-neutral to ensure that leaders are identified based on traits that are predictive of future success in leadership roles. Attributes such as intellectual curiosity, drive, adaptability, and endurance prepare individuals, not their gender.
In recent Right Management research, more than 200 leaders globally were asked about issues related to achieving gender parity in leadership. All of the women surveyed suggested “mentoring” as a key way that leaders can support women. Mentoring can be a powerful tool in creating a people-oriented workplace culture in which all employees are encouraged to contribute, grow, and find their own pathway to helping the organization succeed.
Initiate career conversations
Women are disproportionately impacted by a lack of Career Conversations, according to a report from ManpowerGroup. Only one in four has had a career conversation with their manager on how to develop leadership skills, at a time when progress towards gender parity has stalled. “Women, We Have a Problem” presents new research and practical steps to help employers achieve gender parity starting with cost-effective career conversations.
As the World Economic Forum states in its report, ensuring the full development of half of the world’s total talent pool has a vast bearing on the growth, competitiveness and future-readiness of economies worldwide. Today, those steps can start now with decisions from individual business leaders.