It’s time we let Women break the glass ceiling that barriers them to be equally good leaders today
Women assert themselves in leadership positions and prove their worth as entrepreneurs and politicians. In fact, as of 2019, women make up more than half of the U.S. workforce, significantly more than the previous generation. A Harvard Business Review analysis found that women in business outperform men in most of the key leadership qualities, including resilience and results orientation. Women also excel in motivation, bold leadership, and teamwork. The data also show that male managers see women more effectively in some career areas. The Women at Work 2021 report also shows women’s performance in the areas of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI). Currently, 54% of female leaders spend their off-duty time improving their DEI at work. Only 46% of men in higher positions do so.
Women in business bring skills that can transform the workplace culture. Women often exhibit different leadership styles than men and generally lead with compassion, ethics, and respect. According to 2018 data from the Pew Research Center, 61% of Americans believe female leaders show more compassion and empathy than their male counterparts.
Women are resilient:
Adolescent girls are taught to be supportive, cooperative, and relational (nurturing and caring), while boys are taught to be more competitive. They live in a binary world of winning and losing. Being a mother teaches you to handle many complex situations at home with compassion and patience. It is well known that women cope with stress better than men and recover faster in the face of adversity. These attributes are important when dealing with unpredictable market conditions, and customer-related challenges play a role.
Women are empathetic:
Women bring empathy to the workplace. This allows you to better share your knowledge and network with your colleagues, enabling effective collaboration. They are able to understand what drives and motivates people and how to perceive a diverse talent pool within a team, and how team members can help women managers with sensitive and personal matters because they are easier to approach.
Communication is said to be one of a woman’s strongest skills, and they use it to their advantage. Many studies suggest that women are generally better at producing long-lasting results because they have an open, more communicative, or naturally interactive style. In other words, whether communicating with employers, colleagues, clients, or partners, women appear to have more open lines of communication, clarify roles and responsibilities, and exercise authority at all levels. You can share information easily with them.
High Emotional Intelligence:
Emotional intelligence – the ability to recognize and relate to one’s own and others’ emotions – has recently received increasing attention as important leadership behaviour. This quality, which is more natural for women, helps them feel how others are reacting at the moment, making them excellent mentors, teachers, and group leaders.
This reiterates that women leaders who succeed in breaking the glass ceiling are often more likely to have high standards and challenge biased rules and regulations. They tend to take more risks and come up with innovative solutions. They tend to have higher performance demands than male leaders, procrastinate less, and focus less on small setbacks.
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