Sadly, women are still under-represented in leadership teams across the UK – even though evidence shows that a more balanced representation of women in top leadership positions produces better financial results.
We’re bucking that trend here at QuoLux™. Our board of three includes two leading women, with our head of operations also flying the female flag.
Reassuringly, it’s a similar theme that’s emerging through our leadership programmes. Women make up half of those undertaking our GAIN™ and MBA programmes and 40% on our GOLD™ programme.
LEAD™ is the first step in the series of our leadership programmes and we know from benchmarking against recent research that we have over a third more ladies than those on typical national programmes, which is great, but it’s a long way from being 50/50. So, why the discrepancy?
We find that confidence is often key. The Women in Leadership Report (2019) revealed that 75% of women felt that they had experienced a “lack of confidence” that had held them back at some stage of their careers.
In fact, many of the women we first speak to about leadership often don’t have the self-belief to see themselves in that role, even though they are, invariably, already leading. Unlocking this confidence comes through reflection, collaboration and support.
We see it first hand on our LEAD™ programme where, by bringing together peers from other companies to learn, share, reflect and support one another as they work on real life business issues they feel better equipped, and more confident, to deal with whatever is thrown at them. They inspire belief in one another.
All the leading ladies in the photo above have been through our LEAD™ programme. With access to tools, techniques and frameworks through the course and that powerful community of support, each of them was able to explore and reflect on their leadership skills, building their confidence and ultimately supporting success. We’re incredibly proud of all that they’ve achieved and to watch now as they ‘pay it forward’ developing their next generation of leaders in their businesses.
This article first appeared in the Spotlight on Leaders section of Business & Innovation Magazine, February 2020 issue.