Workplace Inequality: Major Industries Still Lack Women CEOs
In Why are there so few women CEOs?, reporter Michael Holmes addresses the elephant in the room known as corporate level gender inequality. The article notes that only 5% of Standard & Poor’s 500 companies are led by female CEOs. Holmes also dives into the overarching ‘why’s behind the problem, including crippling stereotypes.
The article discusses the stereotypical performance qualities of effective leaders, which are apparently aggression, ambition and dominance. However, Karin Lockovitch believes that this rhetoric is beyond outdated. In her view, inclusive leadership approaches are equally, if not more effective than aggressive, dominant approaches. Perhaps if new rhetoric entered the corporate script, more industries would see less of an imbalance.
Holmes suggests in his article that the best way to ensure that the imbalance is remedied is to supply women with more opportunities to develop their leadership skills. As an active supporter and participant in programs that empower young girls, Lockovitch believes this to be the best solution to the problem. With more organizations cropping up to help girls develop their leadership skills, it will be interesting to see how this impacts the workforce in the coming years.