Karitha Ericson explains how the Swedish firm changed its view of what makes a manager.
The Swedish firm have been on a culture journey for a couple of years, and one piece of that culture journey has been to reassess the values and criteria that we evaluate, especially in our partner promotions.
We used to value leadership skills, speaking merely about office managing partners and their equivalents, but a couple of years ago we started to measure the leadership of client partners and saying that, of course as a partner you need to be fantastic with clients, but you also need to be fantastic at developing people.
So we started measuring leadership skills on assignments, and for us that has really shifted our culture journey to have a more inclusive environment.
And also it is a matter of fact that we had a lot of strong female leaders that were not appreciated for their leadership skills in the evaluation process, and now when we have included it, we also have more female partners.