Gender diversity in an organization is crucial for its growth. Companies with a high percentage of gender diversity have been found to achieve more productivity than those with a low percentage. Such enterprises can function exceptionally because of the openness in the ideas flowing within the group. In the modern management set up, women find it very hard to climb up the executive ladder. Susan McGalla has supposed the boundaries and has been grooming women for leadership roles.
Susan McGalla has been lucky to be involved in the leadership roles. However, not many women can reach such heights due to the lack of essential networks. Susan has actively engaged in the development of women group that bridge the gap of connectivity. The teams are designed to bring women together, share ideas, strategize and make more connections with other women. The networks created by women have been useful, and they establish that, given a plaque, women can handle management roles. They give women the confidence to stand tall while supporting each other. Although the groups are providing the necessary change, there is still a long way to go because, in most organization, men hold the majority of the senior roles. Seeing that women only occupy a quarter of a company senior role indicates that there is still a barrier that needs to be broken to find a suitable solution.
The women groups have identified that coming up with sponsorship groups could be a useful solution. Sponsorship eliminates the cycle in organization structures. A sponsor works to create an opportunity for the fellow women by recommending them lead roles in projects and assignments. Through sponsorship, women will be able to find their footing in the lead roles with a good example in Susan McGalla. Sponsors also have the part of motivating those rising while mentoring them. With the attempts of the women group, it’s clear that organizations should improve the percentage of diversity as it’s proven to increase a company’s productivity.
Susan McGalla grew up in a household where she was the only girl. Susan’s father, who is also a coach, treated all of them equally and it’s where she developed the attitude of working towards the set objectives regardless of the gender. She has worked as the president of American Eagle Outfitters which is male-dominated. When she left the organization, Susan founded a consulting firm, Pittsburg Steelers.