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There is growing concern within the Australian business community about the under-representation of women in leadership. While many Australian employers have deployed strategies to address women’s advancement, progress remains slow.
To help drive change, the Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA) teamed up with the Business Council of Australia (BCA) and McKinsey & Company to analyse the relationship between actions companies are taking and the outcomes they achieve.
The result, Women in Leadership: Lessons from Australian companies leading the way, provides an evidence-based recipe for dismantling barriers to women’s participation at senior levels. The report reveals how high-performing companies use a suite of 10 practices to achieve change and how these practices can be customised to overcome industry challenges.
Key findings from the report include:
- a correlation between representation of women in senior roles and the availability of more flexible working options, including part-time roles for managers
- 10 common actions to drive change across four themes: case for change, role modelling, reinforcement mechanisms and capability building (see the full list of 10 actions below)
- effective change programs are tailored to an organisation’s industry and operating environment – the report identifies key organisational archetypes and gender equality challenges.
WGEA Director Libby Lyons says the research cuts through the noise to provide clear, evidence-based information for employers about what really works.
“It is well beyond time for serious action to improve gender balance in senior leadership roles,” said Ms Lyons. “I urge executive teams and boards to consider how these drivers of change can be tailored and implemented in their organisations.”
Download the full report now.