Realizing the power of talented women
Realizing the power of talented womenMcKinsey Quarterly September 2014
In 2010, eBay embarked on a journey to bring more women into its top ranks. It found that commitment, measurement, and culture outweigh a business case and HR policies. During the summer of 2013—about two and a half years after the start of a major effort to increase the number and proportion of senior-leadership roles held by women at eBay Inc.1— they conducted a global gender-diversity survey on the attitudes and experiences of our top 1,700 leaders. The survey revealed some good news: for example, the leaders—women and men alike—consider gender diversity an important business goal. Moreover, they found no aspiration gap: women and men, in roughly the same proportion, want to move up. Many of the findings, however, were troubling, for they suggested that men and women experience the company in strikingly different ways.
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