The report, titled Holding Women Back - Troubling Discoveries and Best Practices for Helping Female Leaders Succeed, included these findings:
- 50% of the participating companies identify high potential employees who receive accelerated development opportunities.
- At first-level management, there are 28% more men than women identified as high-potential.
- At the executive level, the gap increases to 50%.
- At the executive level 41% of men have multinational experience, only 25% of women.
- In companies where women overall are tokens or in the minority, they saw drastic fall-off in the % of women identified as high potential from first-level to executive management.
- In industries with gender balance overall, women at the first level represent half of managers, but around 1/3 at the executive level.
- In majority-women industries where women represent 80% of first level managers, they only hold 35% of executive positions.
- In all industries, men are more likely to be viewed as high-potential.
To be seen as high-potential women have to develop...and demonstrate...business, strategic and financial acumen. These are essential ingredients for leadership success in business and they are topics that I address head-on in my new book, No Ceiling, No Walls.
Susan Colantuono is CEO of Leading Women. She blogs on networking for PINK Magazine. Follow her on Twitter.