My previous research shows CEOs understand the importance of gender parity, however women’s progress in organisations continues to be extremely slow. Which leads us to the question - what role should the 70 per cent of men in middle management positions play in creating fair and equal workplaces?
Given the high numbers of men in management it is pivotal that they understand how important they are in making the changes that are needed to create and sustain gender equality. My study, Linchpin – Men Middle Managers and Gender Inclusive Leadership, looks at how men can become gender inclusive leaders. Very often male
middle managers are not even aware that they may be holding women back. I often hear women say that they experience a level of discomfort, commonly expressed as “not fitting in”, being ignored in meetings or not being offered responsibilities that will stretch them.