We look to people like us as role models of what we can achieve. It’s one of the reasons why, in business, the severe lack of BAME (black, Asian and minority ethnic) and female leaders is so harmful.
The message this lack of representation sends to people who might aspire to one day sit on a board or be a CEO is that these roles are exclusively for white men.
As children, we aspire to be astronauts; superheroes; kings and queens. We learn about these people through stories and a lack of diversity in those stories sends exactly the same message as a lack of diversity in the boardroom.
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