The Woman Effect refers to the documented phenomenon that a significant presence of women in any organization’s leadership contributes to higher-performance, as measured by profitability, performance and sustainability. Over the past five years numerous studies have linked the presence of women in leadership with higher performance and yet the past 15-20 years of women’s leadership development programs has largely failed to vault women into the magical 30% participation rate, which is where research finds the positive effects to appear on a company-wide scale.
But The Woman Effect really isn’t (just) about women in leadership roles – it’s about gender-partnered leadership cultures. The “why” behind The Woman Effect is that when there is general parity between genders in an organization’s decision-making group, men and women both act a little differently, improving decision quality. The mix of their leadership styles and strengths creates a more productive and profitable culture and business takes off! Women leaders are the catalyst for much-needed culture change, but it’s women and men together that deliver results.
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- The business case for gender-balanced leadership is not well understood by hiring executives, stockholders or high-achieving women themselves – most of whom think women’s leadership efforts are a nice-to-have – thus providing little incentive for change.
- Blended teams of females and males are the optimal leadership mix and this requires a cultural change, not just for women but for the culture as a whole.
- Gender-balanced leadership is a strategic change management challenge, requiring an integration with “the work” and business results important to the organization.
- Leaders – both established and upcoming – need support in developing new individual leadership and cultural management styles to fit this new cultural model of blended leadership.
In 2012 InPower Consulting will run several end-to-end change management programs with select corporate partners to validate this research and refine the change management framework designed to achieve gender-balanced leadership naturally and with measurable business results. The outcomes for our corporate partners will be measurable business improvement, a company-wide business case for gender balanced leadership and good publicity. Are you a potential partner? Contact us!
 Fortune 500 companies with three or more women in board positions created a competitive advantage over companies with no women on their boards in the following three areas: Return on Sales: 84% advantage; Return on Invested Capital: 60% advantage; Return on Equity: 46% advantage. (Catalyst, 2010)
 In 2009 Women represented only 15% of board seats for Fortune 500 firms. (Catalyst, 2010)
 Women’s presence in groups makes the group more intelligent. (Harvard Business Review, 2011)