UK women bottom of pile for wanting to be executives

For the first time Egon Zehnder – one of the world’s top executive recruitment firms – has conducted what it calls a Leaders and Daughters Survey – an examination of the lives and careers of 7,000 women across seven countries, to understand what’s driving – and hindering – their career.

One of its findings is that globally 74% of women aspire to reach executive leadership ranks – but that percentage differs massively across the world – with ambition far higher in developing economies.

Whereas in the U.S. it’s 62%, Germany 58% – and the UK is bottom of the pile with just 56%.

In Brazil 92% of women say they have that aspiration, in China it’s 88% and in India 82%.

Sky’s Ian King asked Egon Zehnder’s UK boss, Miranda Pode, why she thought that UK figure is so low.

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