Today, gender remains dismissed as irrelevant to military effectiveness and real security; too many national security and senior military leaders assume that the dominant perspective of security is an objective one. This is worrisome, particularly given how the links between diversity and outcomes in other areas are increasingly established.
Unlike in security, the idea that diverse teams can be more effective has gained broad traction in the business community. Emerging research indicates that diverse teams make better decisions, perform at a higher level, and are more innovative. Performance metrics are likely easier to collect in the business sphere than in the security one, suggesting that translating findings neatly to the military could be challenging. But given that security is at stake, these questions should be asked.
Jeannette Gaudry Haynie
What do we know about diversity? What can we learn? As it turns out… we know a lot, but we can learn a great deal more.
What are we reading?
Why Invest in Women?
Leave No One Behind: A Call to Action for Gender Equality for Women’s Economic Empowerment
How Diverse Teams Produce Better Outcomes
New Research: Diversity + Inclusion = Better Decision-Making at Work
Diversity is Difficult
A Study Finds that Diverse Companies Produce 19% More Revenue
How Diversity Makes us Smarter
The Role of Gender in Team Collaboration and Performance
Why Diverse Teams are Smarter
Diversity Doesn’t Stick Without Inclusion
The Business Case for Diversity is Now Overwhelming
Diversity has Become a Booming Business. So Where are the Results?