26 April, 2012

Women in Leadership

How do you feel as a student or recent graduate about progressing to senior management? I suspect many of you would, quite rightly, have that aspiration. Why would it not be achievable?

You are educated, motivated and willing to learn. However, there appears to be a slight problem in that actually happening, depending on whether you are male or female. As a woman reading this, you may say “what – I am just as capable as my male peers!” Maybe the tide is changing and certainly with over 60% of graduates in New Zealand being female it ought to be. However, currently, this report by Grant Thornton makes interesting reading. The Russians seem to have the most success in achieving gender equity in senior management while it is pretty rare to find women in high level positions in Japan. New Zealand stands at 28%. Top women are most likely employed as an HR Director or Chief Financial Officer.

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