Not satisfied with the low numbers of women in management teams and on corporate boards? Blaim me.
Blame me for not getting more women onto corporate boards and management teams You’ll recognize the dramaturgy of media. When the smart, knowledgeable women is sitting on the morning show on the International Women’s Day, it will be like any other year.
Having discussed the latest findings displaying that there still are very few women on the board of listed companies or the fact that there’s still a majority of men on most companies management team, the host of the show will feel the need to ask that question.
And so the host will lean forward, with wrinkled eyebrows and ask “…girls, why is it still like this? Who’s to blame?” Because that’s how media is working; we want a name, an age and a picture so that we can publish something, point our fingers and write that that have been unavailable for a comment.
In an attempt to make it easier for everyone involved, I have decided to come forward. My name is Per Grankvist, I’m 35 years old and you’ll find my face in the byline. I’m the one responsible for not including women in management teams and on boards of listed companies. If you wish to change this, no one is more important than me.
Someone might be pointing to the works of those women networks who have been producing lists of women that would make great addition to boards of listed companies. Have their work not been of great importance? Sure, but my work is even more important.
Or you might be pointing to those bright female economists who have published eloquently written op-eds filled with rational arguments and research findings on why successful companies need a healthy mix of gender in their management teams. Have they not affected a lot of people? Maybe, but I affect even more.
And how about those intelligent columnists who have written about the fact that women and men complete each other in business life? Haven’t their work played a huge role in shifting peoples perception on this issue? Absolutely, but my work still plays a bigger role.
My name is Per Grankvist, I’m 35 years old and there’s no one more important or that assumes a bigger responsibility than me when it comes to increasing the number of women in leading positions in companies or on the boards of listed companies. Unless you too are male, of course.
Because it is only us who constitute the standard that can change it without having to defend our views.
Only us, the middle-aged white men, can affect the nomination committees by expressing that we want more women on the board without being accused of speaking on our own behalf.
Only us, the middle-aged white men, can claim that there are as many talented women as there are men in the organization and not have our claim disputed.
Only us, the middle-aged white men can put forward names of women that we think should fit on the management team without having to listen to go though a discussion on female quotas.
Lets face it; All the initiatives, the op-eds and the chronicles conceived by intelligent, talented, knowledgeable women on this very issue over the past years are of less value than when middle-aged white men decide to act. The standard can only be changed if we who match the current standard allow it to be changed and are brave enough to contribute to it happening.
I’m not on a corporate board, in an nomination committee nor on the management team of a listed company. But brother, maybe you are?