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Gender balance creates better leadership and boosts business 

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There is a 'glass pyramid' with women in fewer senior roles Credit: Getty Images Contributor/Hero Images

As CEO of the Chartered Management Institute, I am regularly challenged: “Why is gender balance in the workplace the topic you choose to focus on?” It is precisely the CMI’s mission to create better led and managed organisations which drove me to write a book on the subject - gender balance is perhaps the best lever we can pull to develop better leaders and managers at every level.

But that’s not it. All the evidence shows that this is a business imperative. McKinsey estimates that true gender balance at work could add $28 trillion to the global economy, including £150 billion to the UK economy. More diverse companies outperform their less-diverse competitors by 21 per cent. No board in the country...

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