Improving gender diversity in leadership by 'opting-out' of the default

Much of the discourse surrounding the lack of women in leadership revolves around their personality traits. Yet, numerous studies have shown that programs aimed at making women push themselves forward for leadership roles has a limited effectiveness in improving gender diversity. So, what can organizations do to address the gender gap? A new study in Leadership Quarterly shows that the answer lies in changing the default in the leadership selection process to an “opt-out” mechanism.

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