Turn on the Floodlights

Article by Women on Boards

The drive for diversity in the boardroom reflects the importance of getting the best talent into the role with most potential for influence. Successfully broadening the perspectives and priorities in non-executive roles will underpin the strength of the UK economy.

To improve the odds of appointing from the broadest possible pool of top talent, the research suggests you need to change your recruitment process. Here we make some suggestions on how that can be done. Our recommendations are grounded in research but are highly practical, based on our own experience and that companies who are now reaping the benefits of a diverse board.

All change can feel risky, particularly in a climate where risks are high. Yet risk is also apparent in continuing with decades-old models of business-as-usual in a fast changing world. Our suggestions here are not pre-judging hiring decisions.

Rather we are challenging boards to turn off the spotlight which finds new board talent in a particular mould, and turn on the floodlights to considering candidates with different styles of leadership and background.

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