Whilst the ‘usual suspects’ of the pale, stale and male suits are busy upholding the status quo of large corporate life, perhaps real innovation and breakthrough is more likely to be led by those who are not invested in the patriarchy. You may think I am sounding like a militant feminist of the 70’s who doesn’t recognise just how far equality of opportunity has come. If that is the case, it is worth mentioning that a recent report by the 30% Club makes it clear that “A man starting his career at a FTSE 100 company is 4.5 times more likely to reach the executive committee than a woman…”.
Just to throw a little more fuel on this particular fire, the article we have linked to here finds that the strategic perspectives required to transform business are most likely to be found in women over 55. They are “…more likely to be able to see situations from multiple perspectives, employ positive language and exercise power courageously, according to the analysis.”
Perhaps the opportunities to lead are not being given to this population precisely because it would be transformational? To paraphrase Reggie Perrin’s dinosaur of a boss, CJ, “I didn’t get where I am today by things being transformational!”