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Using Gender Intelligence to Create Breakthrough Growth

Using Gender Intelligence to Create Breakthrough Growth

What if your company could gain a greater profit share of the market simply by promoting more women into its senior management team? Sounds like a no-brainer, and despite nearly every study done in the past three decades proving companies with women leaders deliver superior performance, the number of women in the C-suites of companies all over the world is noticeably low. 

A book, Results at the Top Using Gender Intelligence to Create Breakthrough Growth, published by Wiley, is written for the men who know the value female leaders bring to the table and need a tangible way to get them there.

The book is co-authored by Barbara Annis, founding partner of Gender Intelligence Group (GIG) and Richard Nesbitt, an adjunct professor at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management.

Whether you're building your leadership team from scratch or trying to transform long-established norms for a competitive advantage today, the practical guidance inside wastes no space with blame for the current state of women leaders and goes straight to the immediate steps organizations can take to change it. It gives you everything you need to both create the internal systems for promoting gender diversity on every step of the career ladder and motivating employees to celebrate its shared, bottom-line benefits.

Up-to-date viewpoints don't confuse equal with same and go in-depth into the scientific differences between men and women that can complement each other to produce higher performing teams. Along with neurological variances, there are societal behaviours men and women need to recognize and substitute with more productive and advantageous ones.

Through eye-opening research and illustrative examples from the real world, both sexes gain a deeper understanding of how we got here and the pioneering systems companies in the highest echelons of their industries are using to evolve leadership development all the way to the top. This everyday guidebook will immediately change the way you approach work with:

  • A powerful new evaluation method for assessing the source of gender diversity in a company's leadership
  • Concrete strategies men can use to champion greater gender diversity along with ways men and women can improve collaboration in order to run better organizations
  • Focused coverage on addressing gender diversity with Millennials—and don't be surprised when you find they're not so different

Watch excerpts from the Rotman School launch for the book with Barbara Annis here and with Prof. Nesbitt here.


Richard Nesbitt is an Adjunct Professor at the Rotman School. Richard is now based in London, United Kingdom where he is working with the London School of Economics as Chair of a new research institute “The Inclusion Initiative at LSE”.