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REYKJAVIK INDEX FOR LEADERSHIP

Measuring perceptions of equality for women and men in leadership

The Reykjavik Index for Leadership measures how people feel about women in leadership. It measures the perceived legitimacy of male and female leadership in politics and across twenty professions, as well as a measure of how men and women differ in their views, and the extent to which men and women are viewed equally in terms of suitability of individuals for positions of power.

The Reykjavik Index for Leadership was presented first by WPL and Kantar during the Women Leaders Global Forum, on 27th November 2018. Data updates, and increase of countries surveyed are done annually.

The Index measures the perceived legitimacy of women or men in positions of leadership in politics and professions. The Index currently evaluates the G7 group of nations and 20 different industries and public professions, surveying the attitudes of more than 10,000 people. Within G7 countries, women score higher (67) on the Reykjavik Index for Leadership than men (61), therefore suggesting the G7 to be a better place for female leadership.

The average Reykjavik Index for Leadership score for the G7 in launch year 2018 is 66, with the findings showing two groupings of countries: the UK, France, Canada and USA with ‘higher’ indices and a group of three that are a step change below: Japan, Germany and Italy.

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ANN CAIRNS
VICE CHAIRMAN OF MASTERCARD

Seeing the Index presented for the first time at the Women Leaders Global Forum was fascinating. We finally have an effective tool measuring how people really feel about women in leadership positions.

ANN CAIRNS
VICE CHAIRMAN OF MASTERCARD
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MICHELE PARMELEE
DELOITTE GLOBAL CHIEF PEOPLE AND PURPOSE OFFICER

Across the G7, there are wide disparities in how women and men view the suitability of women for leadership roles. As disheartening as this is, I am encouraged by tools such as the Reykjavik Index for Leadership which help us identify the countries and sectors where the equality challenges are the greatest. By measuring the challenges, we are better equipped to develop meaningful solutions to close the equality gap.

MICHELE PARMELEE
DELOITTE GLOBAL CHIEF PEOPLE AND PURPOSE OFFICER
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DIANE WANG
CEO OF DHGATE

The Reykjavik Index for Leadership shows that women in the G7 are more likely than men are to view women and men as equally suitable for leadership roles. It echoes the historic opportunity facing women to stand out and shape the future of mankind in the digital era. This dissonance is something we need to work on to drive the change towards parity.

DIANE WANG
CEO OF DHGATE
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KATRIN JAKOBSDÓTTIR
PRIME MINISTER OF ICELAND

The Reykjavík Index sheds a light on the gender gap in leadership and on the gender stereotypes that hold us back; individually, societally and economically. Gender equality doesn’t happen by chance, we need to take action towards it. Governments and businesses can lead the way.

KATRIN JAKOBSDÓTTIR
PRIME MINISTER OF ICELAND
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PEDRO SANCHEZ
PRIME MINISTER OF SPAIN

It is great to see an Index documenting everyday beliefs and behaviours related to leadership in the G7 countries. I am looking forward to seeing the findings about the perception of women leaders also in Spain.

PEDRO SANCHEZ
PRIME MINISTER OF SPAIN
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CARRIE LAM
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OF HONG KONG

It is useful to see how perceptions of leadership differ across geographies and sectors. As the Index makes clear, we still have progress to make everywhere

CARRIE LAM
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OF HONG KONG
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REBECA GRYNSPAN
HEAD OF THE IBERO-AMERICAN SECRETARIAT

The Reykjavik Index for Leadership will help us monitor the very real but often invisible barriers and obstacles that women face in breaking the glass ceiling. By measuring perceptions over time, the index will help us assess and understand the social norms that limit women’s access to positions of leadership and power.

REBECA GRYNSPAN
HEAD OF THE IBERO-AMERICAN SECRETARIAT
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SILVANA KOCH-MEHRIN
PRESIDENT AND FOUNDER OF WOMEN POLITICAL LEADERS

It is our goal to reach Index scores of 100 – an indication that there is complete agreement that men and women are equally suited to leadership across the economy, and a tangible sign of progress towards equality at work, at home and in society. We believe the Reykjavik Index for Leadership will support the endeavours to get there.

SILVANA KOCH-MEHRIN
PRESIDENT AND FOUNDER OF WOMEN POLITICAL LEADERS
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DR MICHELLE HARRISON
GLOBAL CEO, PUBLIC DIVISION, KANTAR AND WPP GOVERNMENT SECTOR PRACTICE

The Reykjavik Index for Leadership is the first of its kind, both to understand the progress we are making in terms of the perceptions of the suitability of men and women for positions of leadership and power – and for how this is working across the private and public realm. We hope it will be a significant contribution in terms of understanding our current position and driving positive change for the future.

DR MICHELLE HARRISON
GLOBAL CEO, PUBLIC DIVISION, KANTAR AND WPP GOVERNMENT SECTOR PRACTICE

Women Political Leaders and Kantar will invite further discussion with political and business leaders on the Reykjavik Index for Leadership throughout their respective calendars.

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