The main points I talked about to the group (about 50:50 men and women) were:
- how substantial research increasingly points to a future where women will make better leaders and men who learn to think like women will be more successful …. a controversial idea for sure which really needs to be explored.
- how the future success of business will be determined by the way organisations leverage their female talent. We are entering a new era where many of the qualities that business practice needs to be sustainable are second nature to women.
- so forget quotas and rulings for more women executives on Boards … when business leaders really come to understand the true potential of women, they will do everything they can to stop the loss of talent happening now and will be actively seeking the engagement of women leaders without any prompting from legislators.
They loved it …. and I got lots of great feedback and questions from the men in the audience.