women in leadership

While there are many companies blazing trails for gender equality, the fact remains, women are not equally represented in leadership positions.

It is still a very male dominated world. 

A quick google search, and you’ll find shocking details of disparaging statistics — pay gaps, qualified women getting passed over for leadership roles, and the disproportionate number of men versus women in politics and high profile positions.

Why is the world slow to accept change to socially accepted gender roles?

Stereotypes have a lot to do with it. And unconscious bias…implicit assumptions and unspoken attitudes, beliefs, and expectations that we all have about others.

But how do we move past these archaic and ineffective thought patterns?

First, let’s take a look at some traits that make a good leader. 

Qualities of an Effective Leader

Great leaders are driven by a sense of purpose. They pursue goals that align with their values and work towards a collective good. 

An effective leader is able to inspire those they lead because their goals are shared.  

And while the need for internal motivation is essential to maintain a genuine interest in your job, there are intrinsic qualities that contribute to natural leadership capabilities. 

Focus

As a leader, you will need to make many critical – and sometimes, unpopular – decisions. This requires the ability to zero in on what’s important. You have a clear vision of the overall picture and ability to adjust from a broad to narrow focus as needed.

Integrity

Your actions are a direct reflection of your values. There is a trickle-down effect felt among employees that is related to the integrity of their leader. The consistency of your guiding principles and morals is vital to earning the respect of those you lead. 

Patience  

Patience is courage testing your commitment. It is an overlooked quality in leaders in a world of instant gratification. As a patient leader, you are more mature and approachable. 

Accountability

It’s a lot easier to assign blame than to hold yourself accountable. But effective leaders know how to own their mistakes and aren’t afraid to admit when they are wrong. This shows that you are strong enough to be vulnerable — being wrong won’t destroy you — it’s an opportunity to learn and grow. 

Communication

It is imperative for a leader to succinctly communicate expectations because if people aren’t aware, they will fall short. For you and your team to succeed as a cohesive group, open, transparent and honest communication is necessary. 

Why Women Make Good Leaders

Kip Tindall, CEO of The Container Store, thinks women make better leaders. He says with female leaders there is more of a conscious capitalist approach over a top-down military kind of structure. 

Evidence shows that female leaders typically have more compassion and empathy, and a more open and inclusive negotiation style. This is not, of course, necessarily true of all women — there are many different leadership styles. That said, modern ideas of transformative leadership are more in line with qualities women generally share: empathy, inclusiveness and an open negotiation style. ~ Gwen K.Young.       

And a study on gender diversity asserts there is a positive correlation between the presence of women in corporate leadership and performance “in a magnitude that is not small.”  It states companies with the highest number of females in leadership roles perform better financially. 

But if women inherently possess the right characteristics and are overall more effective leaders, why are there still so few of them? 

Because society still clings to the belief that women will not perform as well as men. And because women are not encouraged to pursue a promotion or management position, they lack the confidence to go for it…especially in an environment that doesn’t support or recognize her efforts. 

There’s also the unfortunate stereotypical look and attitude of male leaders that women just…aren’t.

Obviously, and thankfully, many companies are taking a closer look at the gender gap and hiring more women to fill leadership roles.

People like journalist, Nicholas Kristoff and Sheryl Sandberg {CEO of Facebook}, champion for gender equality. Nicholas believes the most effective way to fight global poverty and reduce civil conflict is to invest in women. And Sandberg notes that more diverse teams make better decisions. 

Building Confidence Through Adventure

WOMEN IN LEADERSHIP

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So much of climbing the corporate ladder, speaking up in meetings, taking initiative and proving competency is hinged on confidence. 

Science has proven women have the skills to make great leaders and a lack of self-confidence is the cause for holding many women back.

It’s a cyclical effect….to gain confidence you need opportunities to step outside your comfort zone and experiment with unfamiliar behavior. Given the opportunity, you can grow and expand as a leader.

And consistent affirmation of your capabilities encourages you to do it over and over.

The absence of such opportunities diminishes self-confidence and discourages you from seeking developmental opportunities. 

Learning through adventure with other women is an excellent chance to expand your skills and gain confidence in your abilities. 

When you accomplish something you never thought possible — like summiting a mountain — it works to rewire your limiting beliefs. You are capable and competent. 

Gaining confidence will impact your ability to lead others and advance in your personal and professional life.

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