October 31, 2017
Following the Lord Davies review in 2011 to increase gender diversity in UK boardrooms, 26% of FTSE 100 companies have successfully reached the required quota. But a new target has now been set of 33% by 2020.
More women in the boardroom is just one aspect of increasing diversity and I would argue that rather than boosting diversity through percentage quotas, by raising the Emotional Intelligence (EI) of the entire leadership team, more diversity and collaboration will naturally follow.
EI certainly contributes to the benefits of a more diverse boardroom, as all aspects of EI can be developed, it can distinguish the best senior leaders from other managers, regardless of gender. We know that top level job-holders score higher on nearly all aspects of EI (Maddocks, 2011)*.