Cracking the Code

Another great piece via the Harvard Business Review Blog regarding the lack of multicultural professionals in senior positions.  According to the blog, multicultural professionals hold only 11% of executive positions in corporate America.  According to a study by the Center for Talent Innovation (CTI), one of the factors leading to a lack of representation at these levels is associated with “executive presence.”

In other words, multicultural professionals such as Latinos are at a disadvantage because they’re unable to create and build professional relationships with executives similar to them:

CTI research finds that multicultural professionals, like their Caucasian counterparts, prioritize gravitas over communication, and communication over appearance. Yet, “cracking the code” of executive presence presents unique challenges for multicultural professionals because standards of appropriate behavior, speech, and attire demand they suppress or sacrifice aspects of their cultural identity in order to conform.

Additional results of the CTI study can be found here.