Saturday, 30 April 2016

14 Facts That Makes Women Great Leaders

In this present world, gender shouldn't be a factor in whether or not a person can be a great leader — a person's leadership abilities should depend on their individual strengths and personality traits. But in many cases, as we can observe now, women aren't encouraged to take on leadership roles as often as their male counterparts, contributing to an imbalance of who's in power. Now, according to the Huffington Post, last year, only 23 Fortune 500 Companies were led by women. But women are just as qualified as men are to lead, so why is there such a huge disparity between them? A 2015 study by talent management system Saba Software, conducted by the Harris Poll, discovered that 60 percent of male employees expect their companies to play an active role in their individual career options, versus 49 percent of female employees who expect this. Emily He, former chief marketing officer at Saba (now the CMO atDoubleDutch), said that this supports findings from other studies that women are more hesitant to speak up about their career ambitions. But in addition, Saba also discovered that women are driven more by intrinsic motivations about work, rather than what their jobs or employers demand from them. "In opposite to men, who tend to be career-centric and want to maximize their financial return from work, women view work more holistically, as a component of their overall life plan," He said. "Therefore, they're more likely to approach their careers in a self-reflective way and value factors such as meaning, purpose, connection with co-workers and work-life integration." Women's inclination toward a holistic, self-reflective approach could explain why female employees define leadership differently than some men do. Furthermore, sixty-five percent of women (versus 56 percent of men) said they view leaders as those who share their knowledge and connect with their colleagues to help the team and the business. so when women bring this attitude into managerial roles, it may actually make them stronger, more-effective leaders, He said. However, apart from their advantages, Saba's survey found that only 60 percent of women said they feel that they are leaders based on their participation in their business. In this case, women may not always realize how poised for success they are in leadership roles, but their potential and abilities are undeniable. Finally, here are 14 reasons why women make great leaders.
1.They value work-life balance. "As women that we are, we are great leaders because we are able to balance professional and personal leadership skills. It's easier to approach a women leader with a personal request, or a sensitive question. Now in my own case, I care about my team and their well-being, which includes their performance at work and their work-life balance. Furthermore, I also find women more proactive in becoming mentors, and sometimes it's already such an open and communicative relationship that the transition to mentor is easy." – Amy Killoran, creative manager, I Love Travel
2.They are empathetic. "In this case, most women are naturally empathetic and value relationships. This enables them to have a strong understanding of what drives and motivates people, and how to acknowledge different people for their performance." – Anna Crowe, CEO and founder, Crowe PR
3.They make great listeners. "Women in their own way, make great leaders because they take the time to listen instead of reacting right away. As women we appreciate people and their viewpoints. Whether they are right or wrong, we hear them out and then make our decision. We tend to give people chances that no others do." – Jo Hausman, career and leadership coach and author, "Go For It! A Woman's Guide to Perserverance" (Best Seller Publishing, 2016)
4.They are nurturing. "Now in this case, one of the key aspects of leadership is the ability to help your team members develop their own skills and strengths. Regarding that women are naturally nurturing, which in the best scenarios can translate to helping those around you succeed." – Marilyn Heywood Paige, vice president of marketing, FiG Advertising
5.They focus on teamwork. "As for me, the women [I've worked with] consistently demonstrate passion, enthusiasm and an immense capacity to serve and be served by others. I've observed women make bold and wise decisions as leaders while relying on others to be part of their team. The environment is less authoritarian and more cooperative and family-like, but with solid leadership." – Katharine M. Nohr, principal, Nohr Sports Risk Management
6.They're good at multitasking. "Women make great leaders as we are natural multitaskers. The ability to decisively and quickly respond to simultaneous and different tasks or problems at a time is a critical component to successful leadership." – Carolann Tutera, president, SottoPelle
7.They're motivated by challenges. "Believe this... As women, we are creative problem solvers motivated by obstacles. The desire to overcome a challenge fuels us to get things accomplished. Leaders don't take 'no' for an answer." – Jackie Zlatanovski, founder, Flik Flops
8.They're strong communicators. "This days and before now, communication is said to be among a woman's strongest skill — and female leaders know how to use it! Whether communicating with employers, co-workers, or partners, an open communication stream allows for clarity in executing roles and responsibilities. So in this move, female business leaders are able to communicate regularly, clearly and openly." – Tina Bacon-DeFrece, president, Big Frog
9.They dream big. "Women are able to make great leaders because they have an innate ability to dream big, challenge assumptions and inspire teams — and they know how to translate big ideas into concrete action and results." – Angela Dejene, executive vice president, Crosswind Media & Public Relations
10.They handle crisis situations well. "A lot of women, especially moms, are trained caretakers and know how to deal with crisis situations at home with compassion and patience. These attributes become very relevant when a woman leader is dealing with crisis situations whether this is related to HR or [clients]." – Huma Gruaz, president and CEO, Alpaytac PR
11.They can wear many hats. "Wearing many hats in the case of women, is often a regular occurrence in their lives. They often balance careers, households and even aging parents, among other things. Women pivot, adjust and focus on solutions. Resting in the doom and gloom can be time-consuming, so many shift to find positive solutions to life and work problems." – Gretchen Halpin, chief strategy officer, Hewins Financial Advisors
12.They check their egos. "Ego in most cases gets in the way of good decision-making in the C-suite. So in this move, women exhibit ego differently and they are good at decision-making with the ego held in check. This is a key advantage in working with boards of directors, partners and customers." – Joan Wrabetz, CTO, Quali
13.They have high emotional intelligence. "Emotional intelligence: is the ability to recognize emotions in yourself and others and relate, also, is something that has recently gained momentum as an essential leadership behavior. In this case, I strongly believe this is something that comes more naturally to women than men, and is something that I've personally encountered in my career. Now, to truly create a great place to work and to get the best out of employees, demonstrating emotional intelligence as a leader is critical." – Lakshmi Raj, co-founder and co-CEO, Replicon
14.They're flexible. "In this part, women make great leaders because they are flexible, and agile. So as women, we can see the direction we thought we should take our company in isn't working and we regroup and change course for the better without much deliberation." – Danita Harris, CEO, Rated M

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