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Senior women ‘holding back’

Women who aspire to reach the boardroom are less likely than their male counterparts to be offered coaching by their employers. Stepping into a new leadership role was the most common reason for organisations to sponsor both senior men and women for coaching (59 per cent of women; 46 per cent of men), according to coaching firm Praesta’s report, Why are there so few women in senior executive roles? However, a further 40 per cent of senior men came because they were supported in their aspirations to reach executive level, compared to fewer than 10 per cent of women. Mairi […]

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Unilever grows female talent

Unilever’s efforts to ‘home-grow’ female leaders to more accurately reflect its largely female customer base are paying off, thanks to a global mentoring programme. As Coaching at Work went to press, Unilever workers in the UK planned to carry on striking against changes to their pension scheme, while group CEO Paul Polman was lambasted for being paid a salary 285 times that of the average worker. However, while Polman’s strategies have been criticised in some quarters, his approach to diversity seems to be hitting the spot. In the two years since Unilever launched its global mentoring programme to achieve greater ‘gender […]

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