How five disconnects are holding back gender diversity and stifling innovation.
Think that disruption and gender diversity are two separate, distinct business issues? Think again.
Disruption and gender diversity are two of the biggest topics facing business leaders around the world.
Both issues are critical to the future of every industry. And they are closely connected.
To navigate the current era of disruption successfully, businesses will need to draw from a diverse range of opinions, ideas and experiences.
Disruption demands innovation. But history is littered with examples where a lack of diversity of thought and experience has constrained decision-making and curbed innovation.
Businesses need diversity to survive and thrive. EY interviewed 350 C-suite leaders from 51 countries and across seven industries about how businesses are addressing gender diversity and disruption.
Our research revealed that leaders overwhelmingly recognize the challenges ahead of them and acknowledge that diversity in senior leadership is important for navigating change.
But despite valuing diversity, many businesses are not addressing the gender gap in a way that will deliver the change that is needed.
We identified five disconnects that are holding businesses back from achieving gender diversity on their boards.
In this report, we address each of these disconnects and outline why it is important to think again about current approaches to gender diversity in senior leadership.