The journey to gender parity: women in senior leadership
Koehler, Deanna K.
University of Wisconsin-Stout
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Company XYZ has established strategy and a goal of achieving gender parity in senior leadership. The purpose of this study was to identify the factors that contribute to the underrepresentation of women in senior leadership roles at Company XYZ. Twenty-five middle managers at Company XYZ provided responses to focus group questions sets designed to gain this perspective. Recommendations for Company XYZ were to include managers in the Mentorship Program pairing process, incorporate leadership development in front line and middle manager training and development plans, link diversity and inclusion objectives to performance measurement systems, and to evaluate the candidate selection process for senior leader roles to ensure a diverse candidate pool. Recommendations for further research included investigating the educational background of women at Company XYZ, what barriers future generations face, and to explore participants from other countries.
Leadership in women