Corporate America isn’t leaning in when it comes to gender and leadership, says study

At the rate corporate America is changing, true gender parity in senior leadership positions is about 100 years off, says Sheryl Sandberg, the chief operating officer of Facebook and founder of LeanIn.Org.

Forty-five percent of entry-level positions are held by women compared to 17 percent in the C-suites, according to a study of 118 firms and nearly 30,000 employees by McKinsey & Co in partnership with Lean In.

The study pointed out many other disconnects between what corporate leaders espouse and what the rank and file believes.

For example, 74 percent of firms report that gender diversity is a top CEO priority. But less than half of workers believe that. Only a third view it as a top priority for their direct manager.

Among other findings:

  • 60 percent of senior-level women say they don’t have the same opportunities as men.
  • 40 percent of senior-level women believe gender has negatively impacted their careers.
  • 20 percent of senior-level women say they are happy with the prospects of advancement. That compares to 40 percent of senior-level men.
  • Black, Hispanic, and Asian women are more interested in being promoted than white employees of both genders. On average, they are 43 percent more interested in becoming a top executive than white women and 16 percent more interested than white men.

Sandberg in an op-ed for the Wall Street Journal:

Change is never easy. But we can achieve great gains faster than anyone believes. We reached the moon in eight years of concerted effort—not 80. Let’s bring that same urgency to this mission.We will achieve not just a stronger and more successful workplace, but also increased economic growth and benefits for all our workers and families.

Above: Sheryl Sandberg, chief operating officer of Facebook. (Josie Lepe/Mercury News)


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