…..so are women! A controversial post for a Friday is in order I thought!
Over the years I have worked with a pretty equal number of men and women. Some were great, some amazing, some were downright awful! Their gender did not dictate whether they were great at their job, for me it is all about the right person being in the right job with a match of qualifications, technical skills, inter-personal skills and experience.
I have been involved in seminars about The Davies Report, looking at quotas for women on boards and personally, I just don’t like it. I appreciate that in some sectors there is such an imbalance that it may need a quota to redress the balance, but really, in 2013, is it absolutely necessary? I certainly wouldn’t want to be the token female on a board just to meet a quota, I’d only want to be there because I was the right person for the job and had earned my place there along with everyone else around the boardroom table.
My background started off in the world of finance. I’m a qualified accountant and I then moved into training, consultancy and project management, still working with finance software products and working largely with the finance department in businesses large and small. So both industries, finance and IT, were quite male dominated. I never felt that I shouldn’t be there or that I didn’t have a valuable contribution to make. In fact, quite the opposite! I was promoted above the guys I worked with and headed up a consultancy division within a global business for several years.
So where are these companies that struggle to find women who are capable and willing to step up to a board position and what is stopping it from happening? I’d love to know. I’m willing to challenge and be challenged on this topic. It’s one I’m really passionate about, so do please add your comments below!
I’m all about harmony and balance and I never want to see a world where women are completely in charge, but I do want to see more equality and more women on boards. Only because they deserve to be there, are the right choice and have the right skills to do an amazing job. A diverse leadership team is an more effective leadership team.
I work with many senior executives mentoring them in how to be the best leader they can be. I come from a place of having been there and done it, so it’s very practical. If I can help you, especially if you are a woman working in a male dominated world, please do get in touch. I’d love to have a chat to see whether I can help you to step up and become the leader that you are destined to be.
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Wishing you a fabulous Friday!