It’s now clear that businesses prosper when more women move into leadership roles. Companies with a higher proportion of women in senior management are on average 48 percent more profitable and show a 37 percent higher return on equity. In addition, research shows that gender partnership works. Teams containing a better balance of women to men achieve higher results in innovation and effectiveness. Companies whose boards include at least one women have higher stock prices on average.
- Men are pressured to acquire higher and higher status.
- They are pressured to constantly compete with other men.
- They are pressured to be the primary breadwinners for the family.
- These pressures result in longer working hours and poorer immediate and long-term health.
- These pressures damage their relationships with their spouses and children.
When men enter into full gender partnership with women at work, women’s strong interest in cooperation and consensus-building will contribute to a new corporate paradigm, one that views men and women as equal partners and makes more room for the perspectives, values and choices of the individual, traditionally the prerogative of women.
- Men will be free to choose their own path to success and define their own terms for job satisfaction.
- Men will be free to define and live by their own values at work.
- Men will be freed from full financial responsibility by their wives’ equal ability to earn.
- They will be able them to spend more time in recreation and at home, lowering their stress and improving their immediate and long-term health.
- Their increased personal time and lower stress levels will improve their relationships with their spouses and children.
Oh yes, there’s one more way in which men will benefit by advancing women at work: their stock options will most likely be worth a whole a lot more. No minor inducement, that.