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- Vikas Bhatia from MARC

What’s Wrong With Merely Counting Heads In touting progress in gender diversity, companies report how many women they have at various levels of leadership. By merely having an accounting perspective of diversity, we are missing the forest for the trees. The number of women in leadership positions or occupying board seats may be easy to point to, but it only tells half the story. The elephant in the room is that the prevalent model of leadership essentially remains a masculine one.

Is Your Company Inclusive (Or Diverse In Name Only?)

What’s Wrong With Merely Counting Heads

In touting progress in gender diversity, companies report how many women they have at various levels of leadership. By merely having an accounting perspective of diversity, we are missing the forest for the trees. The number of women in leadership positions or occupying board seats may be easy to point to, but it only tells half the story. The elephant in the room is that the prevalent model of leadership essentially remains a masculine one.

Why Does Diversity Even Matter?

It is well-known that in agriculture, monoculture (planting a single crop in a field) produces the greatest yield in the short-term. The per acre yield of crops is highest if you plant rubber trees in one patch, cinnamon in another, and chickpeas in a third. However, it is a fairly short-sighted approach; monoculture is a vulnerable system that is unsustainable in the long-term. Nature, in contrast to agriculture, is the ultimate advertisement for diversity. From the Big Bang on, evolution’s relentless march towards greater and greater diversity has produced the countless species of flora and fauna on planet Earth. We can hence say that all consciousness, meaning, and beauty arises from nature’s thirst for diversity.

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