Driving diversity in leadership: A CHRO perspective
What chief human resource officers (CHROs) have to say about developing organisational diversity through changing mindsets.
Human resource leaders have long championed and advocated the benefits of organisational diversity at all levels.
Diversity mapping and management is a journey, requiring different approaches, depending on which stage the organisation is at.
These range from building organisational awareness, to putting in place policies to support diversity and proactively creating robust programmes that help develop internal talent pipelines.
Talent retention critical
The caveat, though, is that this is easier said than done.
‘Unconscious bias’, on both sides, is one such aspect that organisations need to address.
Talent retention is a critical area from an HR perspective, and active measures can be taken to spot and invest in the right people.
Our experts say 80 percent of winning the battle rests in simply changing mindsets.
When it comes to developing diversity, here is the advice from top CHROs
Create awareness among female managers
about the importance of a board.
developing their interest and motivation towards a board career. Where social or cultural barriers exist, care should be taken to nurture women to be able to manage these.
Provide women with
networking and profile-building support.
particularly with other board directors and executive coaches. Media training and profiling – both internally and externally – should be prioritised.
Case studies. Board simulations and board committee participation are great tools to
build confidence and assertiveness
through ‘real’ experience, within a safety net.
can support competency and skill mapping and development. Ensure that women receive constructive feedback on their strengths and development areas, and map out ways to achieve this.
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As organisations begin to look at post-pandemic recovery plans, it is important to focus on building resilient structures, on a foundation of diversity and inclusion.