Kerridge, P. & Denison, C.
The Director, May 2013
Magazine Article
Area of focus: 
New Zealand

A short piece written by partners of a leadership advisory firm, and aimed at company directors. The authors argue in favour of greater diversity on New Zealand boards, on the basis that diversity of representation will improve the quality of conversation in the boardroom. The authors examine common assumptions which prevent boards from recruiting diverse membership, and offer counter-arguments.

Six "concrete suggestions" are suggested that boards can employ to encourage a move towards diversity, such as reviewing board performance from the stakeholder's perspective, reviewing the organisational constitution, measuring and publishing more organisational data to improve transparency, and tapping into the talent pool of existing women's business networks.