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At least one in every four corporate leaders is a woman: Report

India has shown the biggest percentage increase in female leadership hiring with a 25 per cent change between 2008-2016, the report points out.

, ET Bureau|
Sep 11, 2017, 01.02 PM IST
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The report acknowledges the gender gap among corporates globally but observes a significant improvement since 2008.
The report acknowledges the gender gap among corporates globally but observes a significant improvement since 2008.
NEW DELHI: Globally, of every four global leaders in the corporate world, at least one is a woman, according to latest LinkedIn report. India has been a significant contributor to the improved gender diversity as women leadership hiring jumped 25 per cent between 2008 and 2016.

This is according to a latest report - Moving the Needle for Women Leaders- released by LinkedIn. This report in particular takes a look at how organisations across Asia Pacific can inform and impact diversity and inclusion for women.

The report acknowledges the gender gap among corporates globally but observes a significant improvement since 2008.

Among all the countries, the United States and Canada have the highest percentage of women in leadership, with one third holding roles director-level. Spain scores the lowest when it comes to female leadership hiring as since 2008 as it inched up by just 3 per cent.

India has shown the biggest percentage increase in female leadership hiring with a 25 per cent change between 2008-2016, the report points out.

“Belonging matters - it’s that third dimension to diversity & inclusion. It’s a strength at a company level. It fuels your culture and it fuels your energy.” - Pat Wadors, CHRO, LinkedIn.

CHRO is the most gender-neutral executive role, increasing its female hires by 82 per cent between 2008-2016. Chief Technology Officer follows closely behind with a 60 per cent increase. “The only role to show a decline in female hires is Chief Information Officers, which has seen a dip of 7 per cent in this time frame,” stated the report.

Sales roles have the worst leadership gap at 11 per cent, with 38 per cent of women being hired into the workforce, but only 27 per cent reaching leadership roles. At the other end of the scale is HR with the best representation of women at 66 per cent, and 61 per cent of them reaching leadership roles - a gap of just 5 per cent.

“In fact, the sweet spot for women taking on a leadership role is somewhere between 10 and 15 years of being in the workforce. But men typically have a longer window to strive for leadership roles, after 20 or even 30 years,” the report suggests.

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