McKinsey – Lessons from the leading edge of gender diversity

by Sabrina I. Pacifici on May 9, 2013

Advancing women to the top may be a journey, but how to do so is no longer a mystery. New research points to four principles that can help just about any company. April 2013 | by Joanna Barsh, Sandra Nudelman, and Lareina Yee.

  • “We interviewed senior leaders (often CEOs, human-resource heads, and high-performing female executives) at 22 US companies. Two emerged as high performers by both sets of criteria. This article presents the interviewees’ up-close-and-personal insights. Encouragingly, many of the themes identified in our research over the years—for example, the importance of having company leaders take a stand on gender diversity, the impact of corporate culture, and the value of systematic talent-management processes—loom large for these companies. This continuity is reassuring: it’s becoming crystal clear what the most important priorities are for companies and leaders committed to gender-diversity progress. Here’s how the top performers do it.”
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