More women than ever run the world’s biggest companies, but research shows that trust in women leaders is declining as representation increases. It paints a grim picture on those who manage to break through the metaphorical glass ceiling.
In November, new data from The Reykjavik Index for Leadership, an annual survey comparing how men and women are viewed with regard to their suitability for positions of power, Trust in women leaders has declined significantly over the past yearIt’s the first decline in this metric since Kantar Public, the evidence and advice public policy business, began collecting data in 2018.
Across G7 countries including Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the UK and the US, less than half (47%) of respondents were ‘very satisfied’ with hiring women as CEOs of large companies I answered. That’s down from her 54% the year before. Men are much more likely to be critical of female leaders than women, with one in 10 of her respondents saying she was clearly not comfortable with her CEO being a woman.
Responses to questions about women political leaders followed a similar pattern. Only 45% of her respondents queried at the G7 said they were ‘very satisfied’ with a woman as head of government, down from her 52% in 2021.
To the dismay of many, researchers and experts in leadership and gender are generally unsurprised by the findings and have a variety of theories as to why confidence in female leaders has declined. He warns that fixing the trust gap is critical to eradicating the biases that permeate all levels of businesses and institutions.
Conventional status quo
Accounts for the decline in trust in female CEOs vary, but many follow a common theme. Some experts argue that both the recent political climate and the pandemic have exaggerated institutional misogyny and gender bias.
Dana Greenberg, professor of organizational behavior at Babson College in Massachusetts, USA, argues that women Leaving the paid labor market When pick up most of the childcare Other household chores during Covid-19 have resulted in “strengthening of old traditional assumptions” about women’s roles at work and at home. I think it’s become socially accepted.”