Colorado Women's College recently released a groundbreaking study evaluating women in leadership positions across a range of for- and not-for-profit organizations. The study, Benchmarking Women's Leadership in the United States, 2013 is helping to further Colorado Women's College's mission to educate and empower women to boldly lead in the communities where they live, work and engage.
Benchmarking Women's Leadership in the United States, 2013 marks the first time that women in leadership roles across 14 sectors were examined, with the results compiled into one comprehensive report that can be found HERE.
Results revealed that women are outperforming men, but they are not earning salaries or obtaining leadership roles commensurate with their higher levels of performance.
It is difficult to believe that this is still the case in the 21st century. According to Colorado Women's College Dean Lynn M. Gangone, the call to action for our nation – if it wants to reap better results, improve performance and realize the benefits of diversity – is for all leaders to be intentional about who they hire and promote, and this should be based primarily on qualifications and performance. By putting performance measures in place, we can ensure we are maximizing results. Only then will we see a shift in progress, productivity and placement.
What we learned while conducting this extensive research is that at the highest levels of leadership, women -- who now comprise more than half of U.S. college graduates -- continue to be inadequately represented, yet when diversity is present, results significantly improve. This study proves the point that including women in leadership teams is a smart investment for any organization to make.