The appointment is all but one step. What really counts is integration!
Over the years we have been involved in many initiatives to develop women into senior positions. We have witnessed great efforts to not only appoint women into senior roles but also recruit talent from other more diverse groups. More often than not the results were quite sobering.
When you sit on our side of the fence and work with senior male and female executives, executive and governing boards, you realise that it is not just a question of diversity appointments but integration. As the pace of appointments has increased the efforts to ensure that a full integration takes place are lagging behind. HR executives are challenged to provide “solutions”.
But what can be done? Actually, quite a bit!
Research shows that reflection and insight of the whole “receiving group” can not only ensure greater effectiveness but as a welcome “ side effect” ensure that women are better integrated into the upper levels of an organisation.
In order to achieve this, there are two vital ingredients:
Ingredient no. 1: awareness of the levers that can be pulled to make an executive and governing board more effective and
Ingredient no. 2: a reflection about how well each individual, as well as the collective, is doing with regard to these levers.
Board audits can play a crucial role here. However, this is only the case if they include all of the levers that are proven to make boards and excos more effective. We are just starting to understand what they are and it is far more than most of the current audits account for.
The appointment of women into senior executive positions is all but one step.
Integration into the senior ranks and/or the executive and governing board of an organisation is the real challenge.
If, like us, you are striving for solutions that also have a positive impact on the bottom line, we would love to work with you.
If you want to know more, please call Women in the City brand partner Dr Sabine Dembkowski on 0208 242 6490 or drop her an email.