What I Learned This Week

"Hire as many women as possible."

This is the self-described “secret sauce” of one of the world’s greatest visionaries—Alibaba’s Jack Ma. While Silicon Valley continues to chase its tail when it comes to gender diversity, Ma has made it a practice for years to hire 34% more women than men in his leadership teams. The former teacher believes that women possess a distinctive skill set, including “a greater capacity for love intelligence, for compassion, and for empathy.” Study after study is confirming what Ma seems to have known intuitively—companies with more women in leadership outperform on multiple measures, including higher returns on investment, better public image, and lower borrowing costs, to name but a few. In WILT…

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