About the Leadership Commission
"The diversity and young age profile of the WMCA area is a huge asset and yet there is a significant leadership diversity gap. This matters..."
WMCA Leadership Commission
The Leadership Commission examined current representation of key groups in leadership positions, focusing on gender, ethnicity and people with disabilities as well as considering sexuality and class.
It's report evidenced what we already knew: Barriers to leadership opportunities continue to exist at the top of organisations, while more needs to be done to help others get their feet in the door.
This matters. Evidence shows that inclusive businesses perform better. For the region, realising greater inclusion is essential for ensuring that economic growth benefits all our communities and translates into increased productivity and wellbeing.
The 'Leaders like You' report is the summary of a nine-month research programme ordered by the Leadership Commission on promoting inclusive leadership in the West Midlands. The report:
Evidenced a significant leadership diversity gap
Identified barriers to leadership diversity as societal, organisational and individual levels
Analysed data on diverse representation in leadership - and highlighted data gaps
Reviewed initiatives to change organisational culture to promote diversity and inclusion
Highlighted examples of individual development programmes
The Commission made a number of cross-sector recommendations for achieving more inclusive leadership, set out under the following five themes:
1. Inclusive leadership to drive inclusive growth (how can WMCA embed the inclusion agenda)
2. Working in partnership with business to develop inclusive leadership
3. A step change in recruitment and human resource development
4. Combatting the evaluation and learning deficit
5. A route map for the next generation