Survey reveals positive impact of gender balance in logistics

By Damian Brett

Female leaders in the logistics are rated higher than their male counterparts in six out seven leadership competencies, according to a survey.

The survey of more than 1,800 supply chain professionals undertaken by organisational development company Novosensus found that female leaders ranked higher in being empathetic, giving clearer direction and more constructive feedback, being more trustworthy, and enabling their people to feel confident.

This comes despite only 13% of senior leaders in logistics being female.

The survey also found that female responders ranked their experience of working in the industry more lowly than men.

Female respondents rated their employee experience 10% lower than men’s and felt they are not treated equally, rating their experience of their leaders 19% lower than men.

Henrik Kofod-Hansen, co-founder, Novosensus, said: “Gender Equality is a strategic business issue, not a nice-to-have Corporate Social Responsibility project.

“We need to be concrete about accelerating female talent into leadership positions, not with quotas, but by realising the business opportunities in equality, diversity of thought, and inclusive behaviors.”

“The research is clear – Gender Equality makes organisations and businesses better.”

Novosensus quizzed over 1,800 leaders from the supply chain management, shipping, logistics, and forwarding industries, asking them to rate their experiences about leadership, experience at work, and experience of their leaders for the research.

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