In the workforce, the story for women in leadership continues with wins and losses, dramatic change, and slow progress. Studies consistently show that female leaders benefit business, but despite all the organizational benefits of boosting their presence and power, women still face difficulty getting to executive leadership positions.
It’s tempting to assume that given time, women will steadily gain greater access to leadership roles, including the most powerful positions. However, social change is not a continuous march without struggle and conflict. Deliberate action must be taken in order to overcome the barriers to women’s leadership.
To deepen our understanding of women’s leadership, we conducted a study of the experiences and perspectives of women and men the workplace, looking at the similarities and differences. We chose to learn directly from women and men living and working in the Asia Pacific Region for this study. We also asked about practices or changes needed to better support and develop female leaders.
In this white paper, we describe our findings and share suggestions for overcoming barriers to women’s leadership. We also consider opportunities to fast-track progress as organizations seek to address diversity more broadly.