In 1970, both parents worked full-time in just 31% of two-parent households in the United States. Today, it is almost 50%. But, perhaps more importantly, in the last 30 years, “assortative mating”, which is “the tendency of people with similar outlooks and levels of education and ambition to marry each other”, has increased by almost 25%.
The “dual-career couple” is now commonplace, and organisations who are unable to cater to the needs of these “employees who want to advance but also care deeply about their partners’ careers” are struggling to retain top leadership talent even when they have invested heavily in grooming them over a long period of time.
THE TRADITIONAL ROUTE TO LEADERSHIP