Initiatives are Lacking to Increase the Proportion of Women in Business Leadership – According to New Study by the HR Research Institute

Women remain under-represented in business leadership positions, and most organizations are not doing all they can to remedy the situation. The majority of HR professionals (68%) say their company does not hold senior leaders personally accountable for increasing the number of women in leadership positions. In addition, most companies (77%) are not incentivizing managers to promote more women into leadership roles.

The free research report, The State of Women in Leadership 2020, is now available for download.’s Research Institute conducted the study of HR professionals to better understand the state of leadership gender diversity initiatives and the degree to which organizations are employing women in leadership positions.

The research insights point to a lack of tracking, evaluation, and sharing of data about women in leadership and high potential employee pools. Takeaways from the report point to the fact that companies could improve in these areas with support from the top executive by developing better strategies for setting key objectives, measuring leadership diversity data, conducting regular audits, and producing consistent reporting.

“Amid the coronavirus pandemic, many women are in the media in powerful and visible roles demonstrating high levels of competency around the world,” stated Debbie McGrath, Chief Instigator and CEO of  “Yet many companies are still not giving high priority to the importance of diversity in the leadership ranks.”

Download the full report which includes details on ten key takeaways to help HR departments examine how to prioritize the development of women leaders to help shatter the glass ceiling once and for all.



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Debbie McGrath

Chief Instigator and CEO,