Why Senior Management Diversity is so Important For Diversity Leaders

You’ve heard people say change comes from the Top

How much of that is true and does it include Diversity?

Get your pen and paper ready because we’re talking about why Senior Management Diversity is so important for Diversity Leaders

In today’s show we discuss several things including:

  • Upper Echelon Theory and why you’re already using it
  • The Senior Management dilemma for Chief Diversity Officers
  • Why Not all Diversity is Equal and much more

Here’s some of what we discuss on the show:

Upper Echelon Theory Predictions

“In a nutshell Upper Echelon Theory predicts that the characteristics of the upper echelon of an organization..Think senior leadership..will directly influence the outcomes of the organisation. “

When it comes to Diversity Upper Echelon Theory doesn’t apply to everyone

“Apply Upper Echelon theory to that… it says a lack of Diversity at Senior Leadership is Bad news for Chief Diversity Officer”

Consider your own Upper Echelons before making any decisions

“It might not be the same for you. You need to consider that this looks like in your organisation”


My PhD Thesis

Upper Echelons: The Organization as a Reflection of Its Top Managers

Upper Echelon Theory Revisited: The Relationship Between Upper Echelon Diversity, the Adoption of Diversity Practices, and Organizational Performance

The Performative Problem of Diversity & Inclusion

The Rhetorical Problem of Diversity & Inclusion

Everything You Need To Know About The Famous McKinsey Report ‘Why Diversity Matters’ [Report Breakdown]

Everything You Need To Know About Delivering through Diversity The Follow Up Study To The Famous McKinsey Report [Report Breakdown]

The Elements of Inclusion #4