The number of women in middle and senior management roles has stalled over the past 20 years, and new research says men in these top positions are part of the problem.
Despite a growing business case for having more women in top jobs, male leaders don't see the advancement of women as an issue, or don't understand it, according to the report released Wednesday from the Conference Board of Canada.
“The men who appear the least concerned are those with the most power to enable change—senior executives,” states the report titled, Women in Leadership: Perceptions and Priorities for Change. ”It is simply not a major issue for many men.”
Researchers asked survey respondents to indicate their reaction to the statement, “Organizations should try to increase the number of women in their senior management ranks.” In response, 90 per cent of women in senior management ranks agreed, compared with 42 per cent of men in those roles, says the report.
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