Over the last few decades we have made progress when it comes to equality, although the change is sketchy and it seems in stasis or decline (McKInsey/Lean in 2018). There are more women in the workforce than ever before, yet there remains a dearth of women in boardrooms. The Hampton-Alexander Review of women in leadership positions in the FTSE 350 paints a grim picture, showing that while as of 2018 the number of all-male boardrooms in the FTSE 350 was down to just five, to hit the government's 2020 targets for 33% female boardrooms, 50 percent of future appointments would need to be female.
Men are strong, resilient and lack emotions. Women are overly-sensitive, fragile and talk too much.
“One of the secret benefits of using remote workers is that the work itself becomes the yardstick to judge someone’s performance.” — Jason Fried, Published Author of Office Not Required.
A recent study conducted by Switzerland-based service office provider IWG showed that 70% of professionals today work remotely. A recent article from Forbes also claimed that 50% of the US workforce is projected to be going remote soon.
The modern notion of diversity envelopes not only, race, gender and religious backgrounds, but also socio-economic and cultural differences, age and personality differences, skill sets, education … because all these differences bring diversity of thought. Diversity within an organisation is about the promotion of individuality, it’s about recognising the value that each individual has to offer.
The one thing that all highly-effective leaders share is a well-defined sense of purpose because this is what drives organisations – it’s like the fuel in the engine to propel everyone in the right direction. Without purpose how do we know where we are going? How do we build a compelling and sustainable business plan? How do we AND our people know what to do next? ‘Purpose’ feeds in to a company’s culture and ensures that team members feel as though they are contributing meaningful work to the end goal.
It seems that, today, change is inevitable. Often, though, it is resisted because it requires us to shift out of our comfort zone. Change brings about a fear of the unknown and a reluctance to face it head on. Great leaders are flexible leaders who are willing to embrace change. They understand that while it may be unnerving, it presents new opportunity to help everyone be more relevant, creative and strategic. They understand that change represents an opening to transform, innovate and ignite growth. A great leader motivates and empowers their team to adapt to change and to find ways to build on the new.
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