It’s rather sad and a little pathetic that a century after women received the right to vote, women are still getting snubbed leadership positions because of their gender. Moreover, it may also be on the pretense that men are better leaders than their female counterparts.
However, scientific studies have concluded that this couldn’t be further from the truth.
The Basis for Unjust Treatment of Women
No one should be promoted based on their gender, but their qualifications and strengths. However, various studies find that women who’ve sought promotion to leadership positions have been overlooked in favor of their male counterparts. As a result, there’s a gaping difference in the power structure for many corporations.
Qualities that Make Women Better
Partly due to the lack of investment employers express towards their female employees, women display innate ambition for their work. It is opposed to males who find their motivation from what their careers and bosses demand from them. Consequently, women will approach work from a holistic point of view, as part of their broad goals. It affects how they handle their positions in various ways, and here are a few:
1. They Prioritize Work-Life Balance
More women are multitasking when it comes to handling their work and personal lives. As such, they’re more likely to understand problems that affect this balance. Additionally, they tend to manage mentorship positions better because of this trait.
2. They Exercise Empathy
Though it’s dangerous to make generalizations based on stereotypes, men are usually arrogant and tend to handle situations with a stern, insensitive arm. Women, on the other hand, have a history of being more empathetic when managing subordinates.
3. They are Incredible Listeners and Communicators
The hype around encouraging more female leadership lies in how fresh female leadership feels compared to their more boastful male counterparts. With female leadership comes a promise of a more inclusive means of administration. While keeping in mind the regressive connotations of stereotypically associating these attributes with females, women tend to show higher EQs, making them more approachable.
4. They’re Nurturing
In line with handling multiple hats – women in leadership positions tend to show a greater inclination to grooming those coming behind them.
5. Value Teamwork
There’s less “ego” when encountering female leadership, and more teamwork is encouraged. While portraying boldness in direction, women are more likely to include others in decisions than only leading with an iron fist.
If anyone needs more evidence to prove how women excel in leadership positions, look at how female-led countries have tackled the Coronavirus. Germany, New Zealand, and Taiwan have handled the pandemic much better than numerous other countries led by “competent” men.
Hopefully, it can be a wakeup call to the world that women shouldn’t have to work doubly hard to get half the recognition men typically receive. With that said, hopefully, more women are afforded the opportunities to lead so the world can get a more accurate feel of how different female leadership is.