Prioritizing Diversity and Inclusion: Male- vs. Female-Led Businesses

Now more than ever, business leaders view diversity and inclusiveness as critical components to attracting and retaining top-tier talent, according to a new survey conducted by UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School. Some organizations are making greater strides than others to redefine the competencies needed to manage a diverse workforce. Below are 10 statistics from UNC Kenan-Flagler’s survey that show how female-led organizations are more effective in prioritizing diversity and inclusion goals.

  • Organizations with female executive leaders are 13% more confident in their organizations’ abilities to achieve diversity and inclusion goals.
  • Organizations with female leadership are 17% more likely to agree that their organization is succeeding in creating a culture of inclusion.
  • Female-led organizations are 7% more likely to have a mature diversity and inclusion function that male-led organizations.
  • Female-led organizations are 13% less likely to experience roadblocks from the most senior levels of leadership.
  • Female-led organizations rank higher than male-led organizations in several key categories, such as, awareness of bias by 27%, self-awareness by 25%, understanding of diversity by 21%, flexibility by 17%, empathy by 24%, and appreciation of difference by 17%.

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