The subject of diversity and inclusion is widely recognised as being a major challenge across most sectors. Increasingly, it is accepted that more diverse organisations are more commercially successful. So why is it such a challenge? Why is it so hard to achieve success in attracting, engaging and retaining diverse talent, particularly in leadership roles?
Part of this is, of course, historical. In sectors where there has been limited diversity (be it gender, BAME, age, sexual orientation or other), experienced leaders from a diverse background are a scarce resource. However, the issue is not old and yet change has been slow. The real reason is far more fundamental and is entrenched in the habitual cultural and behavioural aspects of how we operate and lead.
Norman Broadbent plc (LON:NBB) is a leading Professional Services firm offering five interrelated Talent Acquisition & Advisory Services: Board & Leadership/Executive Search, Senior Interim Management, Research & Insight, Leadership Consulting & Assessment, and executive level Recruitment Solutions.