The representation of women at the executive level is an important lever for value creation. When women do not rise to their full potential, neither do their companies. There is a strong business case for more women in executive leadership, since gender diversity is linked to improved business processes and outcomes.
In China, fewer women are promoted to the executive ranks than in other countries despite high workforce participation, and those women who are promoted often work in functional leadership roles.
In this report, co-authored by Spencer Stuart and Bain & Company, we examine the four workplace challenges facing women: family responsibilities, hesitation, lack of sponsorship, and unconscious biases. We recommend a clear set of actions that companies can take in order to improve gender equity, as follows:
Ensure leadership commitment
Foster an inclusive culture
- Build equitable support systems
- Establish female-focused networking platforms
We also recommend actions for women aspiring to be executives that will help and unlock their leadership potential:
Share ambitions and ask for help
Build networks internationally
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