From the Harvard Business Review: In recent years a body of research has revealed another, more nuanced benefit of workplace diversity: non-homogenous teams are simply smarter. Working with people who are different from you may challenge your brain to overcome its stale ways of thinking and sharpen its performance.
Studies show that countries with more women in government have healthier populations
From Business Insider: Compared to men in government, women politicians are more likely to substantively advance women's rights in areas such as pay equity, violence against women, health care, and family policy. Research has shown that women in government tend to work in more collaborative and bipartisan ways and employ a more democratic leadership style compared to men's more autocratic style. Women are also more effective at building coalitions and reaching consensus.
Research: Women Are Better Leaders During a Crisis
There has been a lot said about how women have done a better job leading during the Covid-19 crisis than men. According to an analysis of 360-degree assessments conducted between March and June of this year, women were rated by those who work with them as more effective. The gap between men and women in the pandemic is even larger than previously measured, possibly indicating that women tend to perform better in a crisis. In fact, women were rated more positively on 13 of the 19 competencies that comprise overall leadership effectiveness in the authors’ assessment.
Companies led by women have happier workers. What’s the secret?
From the Boston Globe: The survey found that at companies where women make up more than half the executive team, employees feel more confident in their employers’ overall goals and strategies; they find communication to be more effective and the mission more clearly defined, in turn leading to a greater belief in the company’s product or service; and they report having more autonomy, specifically expressing satisfaction in work-from-home policies and less micromanagement.
From Catalyst: Research from Catalyst and around the world has found that diversity and inclusion benefit individuals, organizations, teams, and society. The data and findings are selected from a vast body of research on the benefits of diversity and inclusion in the workplace, with an emphasis on studies published in the last few years.
Women Matter: Ten years of insights into gender diversity
From Mckinsey & Company: A decade into our research, we highlight key findings—and invite 16 global leaders to look at how to increase gender diversity in corporations and imagine the inclusive company of the future.