Emphasizing soft skills helps women climb ranks

Recruiters fall back on traditionally 'male' leadership characteristics: study
By Shannon Klie
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 11/30/2006

To ensure softer leadership skills are given equal weight in selection of senior management positions, and thus ensure more women are in these positions, organizations need to do more than include these skills in recruitment criteria, according to a researcher from Wales.

“Recruiters can disregard the criteria, and unless very strong steps are taken to ensure that won’t happen, one should assume that it will happen,” said Gloria Moss, a research fellow at the University of Glamorgan’s Business School.

Moss, along with colleagues Lyn Daunton and Roz Gasper, studied the recruitment practices of two public-sector organizations in South Wales, each with about 2,000 employees.