By John Hackston | April 10, 2020

At the start of 2020, there were more CEOs of S&P100 companies named John than there were women CEOS, and there were more directors named John, or Robert, or William, or James than all the women directors of these companies. In 2019, there were 33 female CEOS in the Fortune 500, the highest number ever, but this was still less than 7 percent. Direct sexism and prejudice no doubt play a part, but so can other factors, including personality. On average, women are more likely than men to have an interpersonally focused, values-driven decision-making style. At board level, this can be very useful—companies with female board members typically perform better—but individuals, especially women who display these characteristics, can be sidelined.

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