In the Nation's Interest

Trustee Shideh Sedgh Bina on Developing Female Leadership

Recently, the Cranfield School of Management, billed as one of the “oldest and most prestigious business schools in the U.K.,” published The Female FTSE Board Report 2014.  The report examines the startling underrepresentation of women in chief executive positions — just four women helm FTSE 100 companies  — and further illustrates the failure of leading companies to rely on women to be transformational leaders.

The report is extensive, provocative, and eye opening. Therefore, over a period of four weeks, we’ll examine facets of the report in our series: Inside the Female FTSE Board Report.


In our previous post, we examined the FTSE report’s findings regarding the process, criteria, and shortfalls for identifying and recruiting female talent at the executive level.

Moving beyond mere talent acquisition, managers surveyed admitted to feeling as though women were not always “on their radar” in part because men were more apt to display their ambitions for promotion overtly, which “women may often be reluctant to do.”

Read the full article here.

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