Women and the New Business Leadership

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Palgrave Macmillan, Jun 9, 2011 - Business & Economics - 180 pages
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'The financial and economic crisis and the public belief that failings in corporate governance were partly to blame for it have politicized the debate about how, and by whom, our companies should be run. There is a new belief within the political establishment that companies would be better run, and less likely to act recklessly and so put the financial system in jeopardy, if there were more women on their Boards, and an expectation that companies will respond appropriately when filling Board vacancies. If they do not, the political establishment will take note and the pressure for compulsory measures is likely to grow. In the absence of an objective ex ante measure of the quality of a company's governance, the more gender-diverse board has become an important symbol of the new, post-crisis enlightenment. Progress towards gender-diverse boards will be watched closely as a proxy for corporate governance reform and a sign that the lessons of the crisis are being learned.'

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Chapter 1 Corporate governance after the banking crisis
Chapter 2 The new world
Chapter 3 Friends at court
Chapter 4 Crosscompany goes global
Chapter 5 A wider impact
Chapter 6 The contribution of women
Chapter 7 Act or else
Chapter 8 Action this day
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About the author (2011)

Peninah Thomson is a Partner of Praesta Partners, the UK's leading executive coaching firm, and
Director of the FTSE 100 Cross-Company Mentoring Programme. Her early career was in the UK Foreign Office and NATO, and subsequently as a Director of the London office of PricewaterhouseCoopers. She has worked extensively with chief executives and boards in the public and private sectors in the UK and abroad on strategy, organizational change and culture, and leadership. She is co-author of The Changing Culture of Leadership: Women Leaders' Voices (The Change Partnership Limited, 1999); and of the successful A Woman's Place is in the Boardroom and A Woman's Place is in the Boardroom: The Roadmap (Palgrave Macmillan, 2005, 2008). She is an Advisor to the Center for Work-Life Policy, New York.

Tom Lloyd is a former editor of Financial Weekly and Management Today, was Founding Editor of
Gemini Consulting's quarterly management journal Transformation and wrote the 'Working Brief' column in the Sunday Telegraph for several years. He has written five books, including Managing Knowhow, with Karl-Erik Sveiby (Bloomsbury, 1987) and The 'nice' Company (Bloomsbury, 1990). He was also the co-author of the successful A Woman's Place is in the Boardroom and A Woman's Place is in the Boardroom: The Roadmap with Peninah Thomson and Jacey Graham (Palgrave Macmillan, 2005, 2008).