Leadership IN Women
Leadership is perceived as a gender specific male capability from the time of known world history. In the beginning it was due to biological physical strength of man, which was later ingrained in mindset as societal norm due to politics and belief system all around the world. It is not just man who believe and enforce the concept, women are equally sold out, even when they have been leading their entire life. The intellectual, philosophical, academic and business research at this time are catching up, as the woman are now part of the leadership forefront. This platform is focused on connecting the Leader Woman and Leadership In Women in all five continents together at one place.
Why? In simple terms, Leadership is not gender specific. Dr. Musimbi Kanyoro, the World YWCA Secretary General, says attitudes toward leadership are changing, and what women offer is essential:
Why it is important?
Domination as a leadership style is becoming less and less popular. There is a new growing appreciation of...those traits that women use to keep families together and to organize volunteers to unite and make change in the shared life of communities. These newly admired leadership qualities of shared leadership; nurturance and doing good for others are today not only sought after but also indeed needed to make a difference in the world…A feminine way of leading includes helping the world to understand and be principled about values that really matter.
In her book Why the Best Man for the Job is a Woman: The Unique Female Qualities of Leadership, author Esther Wachs book examines the careers of fourteen top female executives - among them Meg Whitman, President and CEO of eBay - to learn what makes them so successful. What she discovers echoes the Caliper study, including a willingness to reinvent the rules; an ability to sell their visions; the determination to turn challenges into opportunities; and a focus on 'high touch' in a high tech business world.
- When feeling the sting of rejection, women leaders learn from adversity and carry on with an "I'll show you" attitude.
- Women leaders demonstrate an inclusive, team-building leadership style of problem solving and decision making.This evidence - that the leadership style of women is not simply unique but possibly at odds with what men practice - begs the question: Do these qualities have value in the marketplace? Is this type of leadership welcomed by society and by the public and private sector? Women leaders are more assertive and persuasive, have a stronger need to get things done and are more willing to take risks than male leaders....Women leaders were also found to be more empathetic and flexible, as well as stronger in interpersonal skills than their male counterparts....enabl[ing] them to read situations accurately and take information in from all sides....These women leaders are able to bring others around to their point of view....because they genuinely understand and care about where others are coming from....so that the people they are leading feel more understood, supported and valued.
The Caliper study findings made few specific statements about women's leadership qualities:
- Women leaders are more persuasive than their male counterparts.
- Women leaders are more likely to ignore rules and take risks.