Often we fail to see the parts to leadership and instead focus on the whole. Leaders in industry ponder what it takes to on-board and develop leaders; then they stew over the ‘opt-out’ phenomenon when their investment in talent results in turnover and churn. Academic journals publish research that tries to make better sense of the gap in female and diverse leaders and why there are more women in graduate programs but less in corner offices and boardrooms. Women make up 48% of the workforce, and yet they fail to hold even 25% of top leadership positions. Leadership as a whole has become unattractive. Like the old clunky 1970’s television that sits on the shag carpet in the living room, it is impossible to move and has terrible reception.
What would it look like to re-purpose leadership in your organization?