Employers lack strategies to develop female leaders: Survey

Canada behind other countries in offering targeted programs
By Amanda Silliker
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 04/12/2011

A majority of Canadian employers do not have a strategy to develop female leaders, according to a survey by Mercer.

Eighty-two per cent of 290 survey respondents across Canada — including human resources, talent management and diversity leaders from a variety of industries — said they do not have a clear strategy or philosophy for the development of women into leadership roles.

“The Canadian perspective around diversity has tended to be quite strong,” said Lynn Stoudt, a principal at Mercer’s human capital consulting business in Toronto. “When we got the results of the survey, we thought there would have been a stronger presence in terms of women’s leadership and the role of women’s leadership in organizations.”