Hello Cotopaxi Community Friends,
This week I would like to address promoting leadership skills in all our students, but particularly our girls. The percentage of working women has steadily increased over the last 3 decades. However, large gender gaps from all positions seem to continue. For example in Tech, women hold only 30% of the entry-level roles and only 7% of private tech company boards are made up of women.
At Academia Cotopaxi, we believe in increasing gender diversity in all aspects of life with good reason. Diversity of thought leads to better problem solving. Collaborating with people who are different from ourselves helps all do better work. The Global Leadership Forecast concluded that “gender diversity in leadership means greater diversity of thought, which leads to improved problem solving and greater business benefits.”
When asked, leaders said their organizations “need more transparency, more attention to promoting women in leadership roles, an atmosphere in which everyone has a chance to be a leader.” Hiring and promoting women from different backgrounds provides an outstanding base from which any organization or business can build upon.
American workers perceive female executives as being more honest and ethical than male executives. Pew’s “Women and Leadership” found that 34% of Americans believe women are more honest, while only 3% say men are (64% say there’s no difference). It’s unclear whether women are actually more honest, but the perception can assist an organization when choosing between options that aren’t black and white, ethically speaking.
Research has found women are better at making deals in the US Senate. The analysis found that the average female senator co-sponsored 6.3 bills with another Senate woman, while average male senators co-sponsored 4.07 bills with another Senate man. “The average female senator co-sponsored 171.08 bills with a member of the opposite party; compared to 129.87 for male senators.” Considering all the turmoil in world politics these days one may ask – would we be better off if more women were in politics?
Although women have a more difficult time finding mentors than men, 30% of those surveyed felt women made better mentors than men — while only 5% felt men were better than women. “There is nothing like a great mentor — someone who can guide you and provide honest, real-time, practical advice,” says Jackie Stone, CMO of MiMedia. “Mentors don’t judge your thoughts, ideas or dreams — they help you achieve them.”
Today’s young women are starting their careers better educated than men. Our female students are critical tools to ignite the future.
The bottom line should be proof enough for promoting females in leadership. A recent survey of nearly 22,000 publicly traded companies in 91 countries concluded that “the presence of more female leaders of corporate management correlates with increased profitability. Having increased female leadership on your team or board, leads to increased financial results. Equitable leadership opportunities are not just morally sound – it is financially beneficial.
In conclusion, I would like to extend an invitation to all our community, males and females, to attend the upcoming Women in Leadership: Driving Change 2020 seminar hosted by the British School next month. We all benefit from promoting leadership opportunities for everyone and all must play a role in making that happen, at school, in the community and in our places of employment.