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Women CEOs demonstrate more inclusive leadership style during Covid peak: S&P

ANI | Updated: May 26, 2021 11:19 IST

New York [USA], May 26 (ANI): Women CEOs emphasised empathy, adaptability, accountability and diversity more frequently than their male peers in public communications during the peak of Covid-19 pandemic, according to a new analysis from S&P Global in collaboration with researchers from the University of Paris.
On average, women CEOs scored higher for positive sentiment and used words related to trust more frequently than men.
Utilising advanced natural language processing of 4,958 earnings calls conducted from January 1, 2019 through December 31, 2020, the report represents the results of a joint project between analysts, data scientists and academics affiliated with S&P Global's recently launched Diversity Research Lab and Pantheon-Assas Management Science Research Laboratory (LARGEPA), the management science laboratory within the University of Paris 2 Pantheon-Assas.
"Our research identified clear gender affinities for key concepts and words during the peak pandemic period across nearly 8,500 companies in 61 countries that we examined," said Daniela Brandazza, Senior Director and Analytical Manager at S&P Global Ratings and a lead author of the report.
"We concluded that women CEOs favoured a leadership and communication style that emphasized flexibility and adaptability during a crisis period, enabling their connection with employees and other stakeholders. As our research shows, women CEOs may be leading the way in this regard even if their relative numbers remain small."

Gabriel Morin, Associate Professor of Leadership Development for LARGEPA, said the research focus on women as leaders and communicators provides invaluable insights into a corporate terrain that is increasingly concerned with becoming more diverse, equitable and sustainable.
"Quota policy is a way forward that we believe is more of a transitional means to achieve deeper change. The impact of women CEOs as role models seems to be far more inspiring."
The report concluded that little progress had been made on gender equity at the CEO level. Men outnumbered their women counterparts by a ratio of 19:1, though the report noted higher numbers of women CEOs in Norway (14 per cent) and Singapore (12 per cent).
In contrast, Japan (0.8 per cent) and Brazil (zero per cent) had the lowest number of women in executive leadership roles. The real estate and health care sectors exhibited unusually high numbers of women at the helm, with women CEOs four times more likely to lead firms in those industries than in the energy sector.
The Diversity Research Lab at S&P Global has sponsored a selection of other recent studies designed to generate insights on the impact and results of increased diversity on economies, markets and corporations.
By pairing data and analysis from S&P Global with insights from external thought leaders, research organisations and global universities, the Diversity Research Lab aims to unearth and explore under-represented questions in diversity research.
S&P Global is a provider of credit ratings, benchmarks and analytics in the global capital and commodity markets, offering ESG solutions, deep data and insights on critical economic, market and business factors. (ANI)