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Saturday Shoutout!!! Women as Leaders

Saturday Shoutout!!! Women as Leaders

Issue 1 | Number 7 | 14 April 2012

Graphics: © 2011 SFGYC.com

Quote of the WeekDo not wait for leaders; do it alone, person to person. Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies.” Mother Teresa

This week’s discussion looks at women as leaders. When it comes to leadership, does gender matter? Is there a difference between women leaders and men who lead? If so, what are the unique qualities of female leadership that the most effective women leaders  possess, and are they unique to women?

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. (About.com Guide)

# 1 Women making a difference, The Age

So much has changed, and yet so much remains the same. Around the time Germaine Greer was becoming a household name, Jill Walsh was making her way in a world so devoid of role models for women in business that she could not imagine actually running a business herself.

#2 Target women early for senior positions, Adelaide Now

Companies must target women at an early stage for senior positions to arrest gender imbalance in management, said EOWA director Helen Conway.  Ms Conway, director of the federal Equal Opportunity for Women in the Workplace Agency, said by the time candidates are being selected for the top management ranks, it was “too late” to resolve any existing gender imbalance.

“You really need to get better representation of women at the lower levels (and) intervening earlier, so you really need (from) a fairly young age to start developing plans for them,” she said.  “When they take their first management or supervisor position you need to have a career plan around them to get them up the pipeline,” she told The Advertiser ahead of International Women’s Day tomorrow.

#3 Are Women Better Leaders than Men? Harvard Business Review

We’ve all heard the claims, the theories, and the speculation about the ways leadership styles vary between women and men. Our latest survey data puts some hard numbers into the mix.

#4 The Changing Role of Women (Infographic) Future Women Leaders

#5 Become an Entrepreneur- Become a Role Model, Future Women Leaders

A recent study for the Journal of Economic Psychology finds that a lower preference for becoming self-employed can partly explain why fewer women are opening their own businesses.  Is it just those women are under-motivated, or is there a lack of role models leading the way for young female entrepreneurs? Women make up only 3% of CEOS on the Forbes list of 500 biggest companies. As a female entrepreneur you are in a unique position to become a role model for the generation of women in business.  What can you do as an entrepreneur to inspire the next generation?

Next week’s blog – Coaching

If you find these updates useful, feel free to forward on to a work colleague or friend.

About the Author

Tony Wiggins is the Founder and UX Editor of Saturday Shoutout!!! and The HR Architect Spends 5 Minutes with … Tony utilises the blog ‘The HR Architect’ as a social media network and platform that empowers HR professionals to network, assist and support one another, spanning different countries, subcultures and niches.

Contact Tony at basketa@optusnet.com.au or https://twitter.com/#!/  on Twitter.

One Response

  1. What a fantastic blog! Good luck next week!

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