When it comes to leadership roles does gender play an influence

When it comes to leadership roles does gender play an influence? Is there a difference between women leaders and men who have been appointed leadership positions? If so, what are the unique qualities of female leadership that the most effective women leaders possess, and are they unique only to women? What role if any can gender play in a world that is predominately influenced by men?

In 2008, a two-year study conducted by a California based management consulting firm identified many characteristics that separate women leaders from men when it comes to qualities of leadership ability and influence in prominent roles.

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, rational and flexible, as well as stronger communicators in interpersonal skills than their male counterparts, enabling them to read situations accurately and take information in from all sides without prejudice and outside influence.

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, valued and ever so appreciated. They tend to be more sympathetic to ones needs and view all angles before concluding to ones opinion and personal gain.

The study findings are summarized into four statements about women’s leadership qualities:

Women leaders seem to be persuasive than their male counterparts. 

When feeling the pressure of rejection, women leaders learn from adversity and carry on with a “We will accomplish our task on hand attitude”.

Women leaders demonstrate an inclusive, team-building leadership style of problem solving, methodical approach and decision making. 

Women leaders are more likely to ignore rules and take risks. They are more likely to possess the out of the box thinking.

This evidence that the leadership style of women is not simply unique but possibly at odds with what men practice; it begs the question: Do these qualities have value in the marketplace? Is this type of leadership welcomed by society and by the public and private sector in today’s ever so competitive business world?

Dr. Sran CEO of the Engineered Income Group says attitudes toward leadership influence is changing, and what women offer is essential in today’s ever changing, pressure filled business world. Dr. Sran further states that the changing of the “Guard” is slowly but surely being accepted by society.

A one sided debate will not accomplish much states Dr. Sran; we live in a world filled with personal theories and opinions that many times comes without logical reasoning.

Domination and just pure charisma as a leadership style is becoming less and less popular. There is a new growing appreciation of those traits that women use to keep families together and to organize volunteers to unite and make change in the shared life of families and communities alike. These newly admired and appreciated leadership qualities of shared, equal leadership; nurturance and doing justice for others. We need to make a difference in the world states Dr. Sran. A feminine way of leading includes helping the world to understand and be principled about values that really matter in a world filled of quick decisions without proper thought and rationalization. 

Just as one’s opinion on the article above will differ, whether you’re a man or woman.

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