Most people have their own ideas about male and female leadership qualities. Some might even question why we need female leaders at all, and ask, “Why is female leadership important? Aren’t male leaders good enough?”
Male vs. Female Leadership Qualities
A male leader is seen as decisive and powerful, with a strong, authoritarian style. He may be expected to bulldoze through the opposition and act abrasive at times.
Women in leadership roles face very different expectations. People who are accustomed to the ‘masculine’ dictatorial style may see women leaders as too soft or weak, and think that men are better suited for leadership. In reality, nothing could be further from the truth.
Female leaders tend to be more inclusive and community-driven. They’re more likely to lead by consensus, rather than try to dictate the rules. The ‘feminine’ leadership style wants others to be involved and take ownership of the goal so that everyone contributes. The team works seamlessly together and many different perspectives enrich the problem-solving process. Women leaders have a variety of techniques for getting people on board, from using inspiring words to showing how their plans will benefit the bottom line.
Moving Beyond with Balanced Leadership
Still wondering why is female leadership important? Then pay attention to this: companies with women in leadership roles outperform all-male teams by up to 66%. If you doubt the figures, feel free to download my white paper here.
Between male and female leadership qualities, female leadership is better suited for the modern world. In the new business landscape, it’s vitally important to bring the diversity and inclusiveness you see in the population into your leadership team.
At my website, I talk about leadership training that applies the best of male AND female leadership qualities. I have moved beyond the question, “Why is female leadership important?” to teach balanced leadership. Men and women alike can benefit.
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At her lowest point, Beate Chelette was $135,000 in debt, a single mother, and forced to leave her home. Only 18 months later, she sold her image licensing business to Bill Gates in a multimillion dollar deal. Chelette is a nationally known ‘gender decoder’ who has appeared in over 60 radio shows, respected speaker, career coach, consummate creative entrepreneur, and author of Happy Woman Happy World. Beate is also the founder of The Women’s Code, a unique guide to women leadership and personal and career success that offers a new code of conduct for today’s business, private, and digital worlds. Determined to build a community of women supporting each other, she took her life-changing formula documented it all in a book Brian Tracy calls “an amazing handbook for every woman who wants health, happiness, love and success!”
Through her corporate initiative “Why Acting Like a Girl Is Good For Business” she helps companies with gender diversification training, and to develop and retain women.
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