The population of females in leadership positions in the workplace is no longer what it used to be but there are still growing concerns. In recent years, there has been a lot of enlightenment on the gender gap and workplace discrimination towards women. This phenomenon is catching on, as most organisations gravitate to address these gender gap and inequality challenges will lead to female professionals breaking the proverbial glass ceilings of the past decades.
According to a recent report, the proportion of females hired over a decade across different industries witnessed a significant growth between 2007 and 2017. While this trend and awareness continue, it is important to see why the future of leadership in the workplace will be female-driven.
More Female Getting Hired
The 2018 edition of the Jobberman Best 100 Companies to Work For in Nigeria report highlights more females in entry-level positions. The same report, however, also goes to show that currently, more men with a slightly greater percentage, occupy mid-level and senior-level positions. What this means is that if there are more women in entry-level positions who will go on to grow through the ranks in a more gender-equality-conscious work environment, they have more opportunities to become leaders than their predecessors.
Increasing Trend of Gender Parity
According to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, gender equality does not mean and women have to become the same. Rather, what it means is that their rights, responsibilities and opportunities will not depend on whether they were born male or female.
Equity means fairness and treatment according to their respective needs. This treatment may be equal or different but considered equivalent according to terms of rights, benefits, obligations and opportunities.
Gender parity is an important step towards closing the gender inequality trend in the workplace and outside it. In more recent times, women have been promoted to positions previously deemed to be exclusive to men across many organisations.
One may wonder, were there no women who could hold these positions previously? The answer would not entirely be in the negative. The increasing trend in our society by women organisations and other civil society groups has shown that these unfair treatments of women in the workplace played a huge role in denying them the opportunity to optimise their career and professional potentials. As companies begin to adopt this practice of granting qualified men and women equal opportunities in the workplace, there will be a major shift in leadership in the workplace; especially where women are involved.
Final Thoughts on Female Leaders Workplace
In conclusion, the future of leadership being female does not translate into the extermination of male leaders in the workplace. It simply tells us that, according to data, workplace and societal trends, there will be more moves towards striking a gender-based balance in the workplace. Equal opportunities and fair treatment in the workplace will create a more collaborative workforce that is devoid of gender bias and willing to chase organisation goals with the highest form of professionalism and unbiased views.