41% of companies don't have executive leadership that reflects the population's diversity.
What does your average senior leadership executive look like? Odds are, he's an older white male, despite the actual diversity in the American population. New survey data from CareerBuilder finds that a significant number of organizations around the country fail to have a diverse executive pool when it comes to gender, race, ethnicity, sexuality or disability. They also don't skew toward the Millennial generation, tech-savvy as they may be. Despite the diversity dearth, executive hiring is on the upswing, so businesses have the opportunity to incorporate a more diverse perspective in their executive team. And there's noteworthy interest in boosting the ranks of senior IT managers. "As companies look to expand their sales force, develop new products and improve their tech infrastructure," said Brent Rasmussen, president of CareerBuilder North America, "the need for diverse, experienced leadership grows along with these initiatives." More than 2,300 hiring managers and HR professionals took part in the research.
Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.
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