Where are the women leaders in business? Women are conspicuously absent in leadership positions across the globe. In the United States women hold more than half of all professional-level jobs, yet comprise only 5 percent of Fortune 500 CEOs. The statistics are just as unsettling abroad. In most European countries women comprise less than 20 percent of all corporate boards, and women represent just 6% of corporate boards in Asia.
These numbers are not for lack of recognition of women’s contributions to the workforce. Research continues to validate that global organizations with women in leadership roles experience increased productivity, creativity and profitability. And, according to a recent McKinsey study, of the nine key behaviors leaders must possess in today’s economic landscape women exhibit five of these behaviors more often than men.
We at Skillsoft are trying to learn more about what motivates women to seek out leadership positions, how they work, and what that means for business impact. There’s just a few days left to take the Skillsoft Women in the Workforce survey to share your thoughts with us. The survey is open to all – customers and non-customers, women and men. Share your insights before Sept. 2 and look for a report of survey results this fall.
Hailey Hedge is Public Relations Manager at Skillsoft. Follow her on Twitter at @hayhedge.