The commitment of existing board members is critical to achieving gender parity and creating a board environment that is inclusive of diversity. Moreover, many boards also have the capacity to indirectly influence diversity and inclusion outcomes across the organisation which they govern, and thus play a critical role in shaping the long-term pipeline of female board directors and the culture of organisations more broadly.
To achieve change in Queensland, more existing board members need to step up and change the game by advocating for the value of gender parity and challenging the status quo.
By serving as a visible champion of gender diversity, board members help set the tone for broader cultural change.
So where should board members focus to have the biggest impact?
In developing an action plan, there is a focus on individual role modelling (focussing on mindsets and behaviours) and board processes, as well as influencing and holding others accountable. Together, we think about this in terms of Self, Team, Organisation and Industry which collectively would help Queensland board members become agents of change.
Individuals, boards, organisations and industry can all become agents of change. Read the action plan's areas for reflection, suggested actions and supporting resources.
Support resources and advice is available to help board members take action.