Leaders and Laggards of Leadership Diversity 2020

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Leaders and Laggards of Leadership Diversity: An Analysis of Public Companies in 26 Countries

Despite significant progress in the area of gender balance, there is still further to go, according to a report we recently published. Globally, 27% of women are on the boards of public companies while 19% of women hold leadership roles across companies listed on indices across 26 countries.

Key Findings

  • Diversity levels are even lower at leadership team level than for boards. Which countries lead the way for women? Australia and Norway lead in leadership diversity with 27% of women in leadership roles. Japan lags with 4% in leadership roles. 
  • Diversity levels vary across 8 functional disciplines associated with the 14,850 roles of these leadership teams. Women hold 19% of all leadership team roles but only 11% are in general management. They hold the most roles in HR and Legal functions.
  • Performance of corporations by index across the eight functions varies. Australia Norway and South Africa all rank first place.  Finland, Malaysia, Sweden, the UK and US all rank second. Bottom of the list are Japan and Brazil.

People intelligence on the diversity of executives and leaders provides a unique way of gaining insights on gender balance of boards and leadership teams. From pivoting diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) strategies with competitor talent insights to combining people intelligence on diversity with your organization’s employee network to identify areas for action to balance diversity and representation. Collected and captured from publicly available sources and updated daily, people intelligence on the diversity of leadership teams can be one signal of an organization’s commitment to DEI.

This infographic explores gender balance in leadership teams at corporations across indices in 26 countries: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong SAR, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Norway, Portugal, Russia, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, The Netherlands, UK and the US.

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