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Gender Equality on the Rise: More Women are Becoming CEO’s

Gender Equality on the Rise

At Integral Development, we have a profound belief in nurturing the individuality, dignity and potential of all people, regardless of gender, race or religion. We believe that all people should be allowed to fully develop their potential and be promoted based on their performance within any organisation.

In December, General Motors named Mary Barra as their new CEO. This was big news because she is the first woman to ever sit in the CEO’s chair for a major automaker. However, if Professor Sidney Finkelstein from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth is correct, promotions like that of Ms Barra will become noteworthy only for standard business reasons.

According to Professor Finkelstein, many more women will become CEO’s in the future, due to expansion of the pool of qualified women. Professor Finkelstein wrote on the Tuck School of Business website that “women are outperforming men” academically. Professor Finkelstein went as far as to say that many schools are raising their aggregate GPA’s by admitting more women.

In addition, Professor Finkelstein feels that women tend to exhibit management styles that are more suited to the CEO position than men, especially in regard to collaboration and effective communication. Finkelstein did mention the possibility that his opinion could constitute “stereotyping 50% of the population,” but he believes that the main benefit to be gained by diversity in the workplace is that it can make individuals more aware of their biases and assumptions.

Finkelstein predicted that the current 90/10 ratio of men to women will eventually settle around 50/50.

How Integral Development Promotes and Supports Diversity

All of our offerings, from executive coaching to our flagship Integral Leadership Program, draw on Ken Wilber’s Integral Theory, which combines the best of over 5,000 years of human thought in the fields of psychology, philosophy, science and leadership into an all-encompassing “theory of everything.”

We help individuals develop themselves in the four quadrants of Integral Theory so that they can better understand themselves and others. We value collaboration over confrontation and a holistic approach to interpersonal effectiveness. The end result is that anyone who experiences our coaching or programs embraces diversity as natural and beneficial.

Contact Integral Development to learn more about our offerings.

Ron Cacioppe

Ron Cacioppe is the Managing Director of Integral Development and holds a BSc, an MBA and a PhD. He has taught in the Graduate School of Management at Macquarie University, Curtin University and the University of Western Australia.

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