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Increasing the number of women in senior positions

The EU has a quota to raise the percentage of women in board level appointments.  Most companies have signed up to the EU directives so they have now the legal obligation to the quota system for a diverse board and certain management levels. Many organisations are struggling to meet this directive.  This is for a number of reasons, not all of which fall to either the organisation or the individual women.

In the UK, you can look at the current % here.  The “30% Club” launched in the UK in 2010 with a goal of achieving a minimum of 30% women on FTSE-100 boards by end 2015 – currently figures stand at 26.1% up from 12.5%.  In smaller companies, the situation is usually worse even than the larger ones.

Using research, such as the McKinsey collection of reports under “Women Matter” where their research focuses on the business and economic case for gender diversity and what companies can do to achieve equality at all levels, it is clear the problems facing women what organisations can do to support them.

Coaching to meet women’s needs

So, how can coaching help?  If you have a look at the TED talk by Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook, called “why we have too few women leaders“, she describes some behaviours and limiting beliefs that get in the way of women achieving senior positions in companies.  She talks about 3 things that they can do to improve their chances, over and above what the organisations are doing:

  1. Sitting at the Table
  2. Make your partner a real partner
  3. Don’t leave until you leave.

I talk more about this in my blog post “Women: Reach higher… Get yourself on the board”

Coaching can provide women with the skills and confidence to change their limiting beliefs and behaviours and thus enable them to reach for the senior positions within an organisation.

To find out how a coaching programme for women can benefit your organisation and bring it closer to the EU quotas, please get in touch.

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