Women bring a different approach and perspective to leadership
In 2010 women made up only 12.5% of corporate board members. This was up from 9.4% in 2004 but the rate of increase is too slow. At the current rate of change it will take over 70 years to achieve gender-balanced boardrooms in the UK!*
So what, does it really matter?
Primarily the issue is about improving business performance not necessarily promoting equal opportunities for women yet there is a strong business case for a more balanced approach. Inclusive and diverse boards are more likely to be effective, better able to understand customers and stakeholders and to benefit from fresh perspectives and new ideas. This in turn leads to better decision making.