Bailey Fisher collaborates with Professor Barbara Sahakian on unique research into female Founders/CEOs

March 9, 2017

Research shows that women leaders are integral to inclusive, high-performing entrepreneurial teams.  Gender diverse teams outperform homogeneous ones, demonstrating superior team dynamics and productivity, as well as improved financial performance. And the benefits are particularly evident when women occupy a significant proportion of top executive positions.  Research published last year by Harvard University found that businesses with more women in leadership roles were more profitable.   Despite this, progress is slow when it comes to increasing the numbers of women in leadership roles.  There are just 7 female CEOs of FTSE 100 companies; the Kauffman Index of Entrepreneurial Activity found that whilst the percentage of men starting new businesses increased 21% from 2013-14, the percentage of women starting new businesses stagnated. Female CEOs receive only 3% of venture funding, and only 7% of partners at top 100 venture firms are women.

Bailey Fisher Executive Search has partnered with Professor Barbara Sahakian of the University of Cambridge, with the aim of putting some science behind the headlines.  The research will look at cognitive and environmental factors influencing female founders and CEOs in pursuing their roles.  The longer term aim is to suggest ways to help women develop into leadership roles.   Professor Sahakian launched the research on International Women’s Day at Bailey Fisher’s Women 4 Technology event in Cambridge.

Female founders & C-level executives across the UK are invited to take part in the research, which is conducted via an online questionnaire, taking around 10 minutes to complete. Involvement is anonymous.

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