Statistical evidence clearly shows that a more balanced representation of women in top leadership positions produces better financial results. Yet women remain an underutilized source of innovation, performance and leadership in organizations – and there’s a lack of collective understanding of what it takes for organizations to maximize the potential of female leaders and talent. So, what is getting in the way of women being more equally represented at all levels of leadership in companies?

Women in leadership roles are critical to an
organization’s ability to connect with consumers,
shareholders, and to drive a distinct competitive
advantage for the enterprise.
Recruiting, retaining, developing, and advancing
women as leaders has become a strategic priority
worldwide. Yet to truly move the needle on gender
diversity and to drive and sustain change,
organizations need to both support the unique
needs of women and foster a culture that enables
them to thrive. Organizations need to work with
both the women and the ecosystem—including the
leaders, managers, and organizational policies and
processes that affect women’s careers. It is this
“shared responsibility” that enables organizations
to facilitate and leverage gender diversity to
optimize business results.

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