Which gender supplies better leaders for organizations? Based on research conducted by Zenger Folkman, the authority in strengths-based leadership development, the answer is rather clear and quite shocking. As far as the 16 researched differentiating leadership competencies are concerned women excelled in a majority of areas.
Below is the research of a sample of 7,280 leaders who had their leadership effectiveness evaluated in 2011. 64% of
our data set was male (4651) and 36% was female (2629). The data represents managers and executives who completed our Extraordinary Leader 360 assessment in 2011. Our clients tend to be progressive, successful companies that have a strong belief in leadership development. This is not a global random sample of leaders, but rather a sampling of male and female leaders from high performing companies. Perhaps the differences are more pronounced in this data because the organizations supported the development of their leaders. It is also interesting because 64% of the data comes from managers and executives in the United States, and the remainder from countries scattered all over the world. Many of the countries in the data showed the same trends between men and women.
investors can promote gender equality and women’s empowerment while potentially reaping financial returns, Keefe cites evidence which supports the idea that businesses embracing gender diversity may be better positioned for long‐term financial success”
McKinsey & Company
Published : 2007
Women Board Directors (WBD) Align With Strong Performance at Fortune 500 Companies
Author: Lois Joy, Ph.D., Director, Research, and Nancy M. Carter, Ph.D., Vice President, Research, at Catalyst Inc.; Harvey M. Wagner, Ph.D., and Sriram Narayanan, Ph.D.*
Published: October 2007
“From a conceptual perspective, the diversification of talent at the top of the company lends
itself to a solid risk management strategy.”
A Whitepaper by Virtcom Consulting
An extensive 19-year study of 215 Fortune 500 firms shows a strong correlation between a strong record of promoting women into the executive suite and high profitability.
Roy D. Adler, Ph.D., European Project on Equal Pay