Women's touch needed to unlock full potential of human resources

We need to press on to find out why there is a disproportionately low number of women in leadership positions, and take proactive actions to resolve the issue (More can be done for gender diversity at work: Grace Fu; March 5).

If we do not leverage on women's talents, we may not be tapping the full potential of our human resources to improve productivity and competitiveness, and achieve greater good for our future.

Indeed, a report by the World Economic Forum states that expansion of opportunities for women has the potential to transform the economies, societies and demographics of countries.

Not ensuring gender parity may cause a cascade of negative consequences.

An organisation that has a lack of women in leadership positions may suffer planning myopia and deficiency in its operation. It may not have a proper perspective of female stakeholders, including employees and customers.

When there is gender diversity in the leadership team, there will be a diversity of ideas that can help contribute to more creative and innovative breakthroughs.

Patrick Liew Siow Gian (Dr)

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 07, 2017, with the headline 'Women's touch needed to unlock full potential of human resources'. Print Edition | Subscribe