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Effective Executive Magazine:
Gender Bias in Corporate Leadership: A Comparison Between Indian and Global Firms
 
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This study intends to throw light on the difference in gender bias in corporate leadership among Indian and global firms. The research finds that the corporate leadership role of women in global companies is far higher than that of Indian companies. There is no role of women in many sectors like consumer goods, automobile, media, metals, finance and constructions in India. Service sector gets more number of women heads than manufacturing sector in India, among which banking sector occupies more. Gender inequalities in Indian corporate leadership reveals that India has yet to come out of the belief of females are circumstantially inferior to males.

 
 
For the past many years, corporate efforts are largely paying attention to initiatives aimed at women. Mentoring, coaching and women’s leadership conferences are spreading, despite the research showing their ineptness at shifting the balance. It is worth mentioning that women now lead 4.2% of world’s largest public corporations including iconic enterprises like Yahoo, PepsiCo, IBM and General Motors. Studies like, Brady et al. (2011), Cook and Glass (2014) show that the companies were more likely to appoint women to their executive board when they consistently recorded poor performance.

Discrimination against girls and women in the developing world is a devastating reality (Moghadam, 1998). This discrimination exists in leadership roles too. In almost all fields, women’s representation is thin in leadership roles compared to men. There was a perceptible glass ceiling, which limited the advancement of women to top managerial roles in countries including India.
 
 
Gender Bias in Corporate Leadership, A Comparison Between Indian and Global Firms