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Women, leadership, and the priority paradox


Why so few organizations are getting this right – but those that do are outperforming

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A small cadre of organizations – First Movers – are serious about achieving gender equality in leadership. This study discovers how they unlock value by creating an inclusive corporate culture where all qualified employees have equal opportunities for advancement.

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Does your company prioritize gender equality in leadership?


How can IBM help you?

To identify employees with the highest aptitude for future first-line manager roles and nurture a new generation of managers, IBM has launched an engaging, multi-method assessment suite powered with IBM® Kenexa® Talent Assessments solutions. This new assessment process offers managers deep insights into the competencies and behavioral traits of leadership candidates—helping them reduce bias, close identified gaps, and promote applicants with the best fit.

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Meet the Authors:

Michelle Peluso

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, Senior Vice President Digital Sales and Chief Marketing Officer, IBM,
Carolyn Heller Baird

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, Global Research Leader for Customer Experience and Design, IBM Institute for Business Value,
Lynn Kesterson-Townes

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, Global Cloud & Quantum Leader, IBM Institute for Business Value, Global Business Services