Increasing Gender Diversity: Women Lead in Leadership Challenges
Ken Lahti explains how organizations can double their pool of leadership candidates and dramatically improve leader’s success in role.
It’s probably more straightforward than you’d expect. The secret? Gender diversity.
This has been one of the main themes at this year’s HR Technology Conference and Expo in Las Vegas, where I am writing this post from. The event is as monumental as ever, with abundant innovative technologies on display to help HR build and manage their future workforce. But some problems – like gender diversity in tech and leadership – are still very much a work in progress.
Women may make up half of the population, yet most companies report it’s getting harder to find qualified female candidates for leadership positions.
As organizations face increasingly complex and uncertain environments, they need to find leaders with the right blend of skills and experiences to take on new challenges. Whether seasoned professionals or aspiring early-career leaders who are ready to step up to greater responsibility, identifying the right leaders for the specific challenges the team, function, or organization is facing is critical.
In SHL’s recent research, we identify the 27 challenges that make or break leaders. Interestingly, we found that women are more likely to be successful in most of these business contexts. In fact, women are substantially more likely to outperform men in 21 of the 27 challenges. The graphic below illustrates the large advantages for women on four of these challenges: leading geographically dispersed teams, transforming a high conflict culture, delivering under high uncertainty, delivering high profit margins and operating with high resource constraints.