The opportunities for more diverse business leadership start early, Ted Colbert, CEO of Boeing Global Services said in an interview at the CNBC Evolve Summit on Tuesday.
As the aerospace manufacturer evaluates its own diversity and seeks to improve it, it tracks the progress of its people in leadership positions. Having this diverse talent early on means these employees end up in succession plans. Having a small number of people on numerous succession plans is a warning sign of a problem, Colbert said.
In October, Boeing expanded its executive board from 12 members to 21, and a third are black people. Six members of the Executive Board are black.
However, Colbert, who heads the aerospace giant’s division that sells defense and commercial products, said executives need to reassess their own behavior, warning that data on talent pools is barely enough to solve the problem.
“This opportunity that we are currently seizing has given us the chance to improve the path [leaders] are informed about prejudice and discrimination as well as micro-qualities and the like. Those are the things that feed the issues we were talking about, “he said.
“We can look at the data we want and try to take action to make improvements. However, if we don’t improve ourselves by the way our leaders work every day, treat and help our teammates, to use the opportunities that arise. ” are important to them, we will not make extensive improvements. “
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