REYKJAVÍK 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.
During the 2019 Reykjavik Global Forum, the Reykjavik Index for 2019 presented the findings of our research not only in the G7 nations of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the UK and the USA, but also in Brazil, China, India and Russia.
The widening of the study enables us to further understand both where stereotypes endure and where public policy or private sector intervention is making a difference.
On average in the G7 in 2019, just 46% of society is very comfortable with a woman as head of government, and 48% with a woman as CEO of major national company.
More than half of people in the G7 countries have some discomfort with women as leaders. We also see notable changes from last year: for instance, a decline in the Index for the UK, specifically linked to a shift in male attitudes.
Overall Ranking for the G7
This year, Canada and France, with a score of 77 have the highest scores in The Reykjavik Index for Leadership. In third place is the USA with an Index of 75. The UK has fallen four points to 73, meaning that it is now in fourth place. As before, Italy has the lowest Reykjavik Index in the G7 (68) followed by Germany (69) and Japan (70). However, these three countries have all shown improvement from 2018: Japan and Germany are up by three points and Italy by five.
The Reykjavik Index for Leadership 2018
The 2018 Index measured the perceived legitimacy of women or men in positions of leadership in politics and professions. The Index evaluated 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 scored 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 was 66, with the findings showing two groupings of countries: the UK, France, Canada and USA with ‘higher’ indices and a group of three that were a step change below: Japan, Germany and Italy.
Women Political Leaders and Kantar will invite further discussion with political and business leaders on the Reykjavik Index for Leadership throughout their respective calendars.Download the Reykjavik Index for Leadership