Women in Leadership White Paper

Sandra Pollock Speaker2

Many of my clients and friends may be aware that I have been the National Chair of Women in Management (WiM) for the past three years. WiM works to support the career development of women across all sectors in the UK and Internationally.

Following on from an event in November at which Cherry Blair was guest speaker WIM and CMI have develop a White paper on Women in Leadership.

I am pleased to be able to share this White paper with you, which has been launched to coincide with International Women’s Day 2013.  You can download via this link  Women_in_Leadership The White paper looks at some of the main issues affecting the career development of women and outlining some of the ways these can be addressed.  The also paper shows that pay gaps, the wrong role models, a weak talent pipeline and lack of self-confidence are amongst the biggest challenges holding back female managers.

The paper builds on the results of the National Management Salary Survey (NMSS), published annually by CMI and XpertHR, which in 2012 showed a lifetime pay gap of over £420,000 between female and male executives. It also features high profile contributors including Sandra Pollock (Women in Management), Cherie Blair, Baroness Prosser, Professor Susan Vinnicombe (Cranfield School of Management), Caroline Waters (BT), Liz Jackson (Great Guns Marketing) and Professor Tom Schuller (‘The Paula Principle’).

The paper also includes a range of practical recommendations for employers/line managers, individual women and government.

Responding to the announcement Minister for Woman and Equalities, Maria Miller, said:

“I am very pleased that the Chartered Management Institute have signed up to the Government’s Think, Act, Report initiative.  It is important that companies have a diverse range of people at every level.  What is good for equality is also good for business – quite simply companies make better decisions when their staff are drawn from the widest pool, as they understand their market and their customers better.”

We hope that you find the paper enlightening and engaging and useful, but most of all you will find some methods either for yourself, colleagues or team members to further support your female counterparts in their career development and in making a great contribution of business and the workplace.

Sandra Pollock





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