Women can take to be strong leaders:

Women can take to be strong leaders:

Gender shouldn’t determine an individual’s leadership abilities. Instead, organizations must assess leadership potential by evaluating individual strengths and personality traits. However, often, women aren’t encouraged to assume leadership roles as much as their male counterparts, which contributes to the lopsided power dynamics of the corporate landscape. A recent Fortune coverage suggests that women now head 23 organizations on the Global 500 list, which is an all-time high! Besides, their representation is more diverse than ever; in 2020, only one woman of color headed a Global 500 business. In 2021, there were six women! Yet, while women are steadily climbing up the corporate ladder, the chasm between men and women in leadership roles remains apparent. 

International Labour Organization (ILO)

The International Labor Organization (ILO) has also revealed similar figures. Female employment worldwide declined by 4.2 percent in 2020 compared to the previous year. For reference, male employment fell by 3 percent during the corresponding year. The decline was the steepest in the Americas (9.4%), followed by the Arab states (4.1%) and the APAC region (3.8%). Despite these headwinds, they have stepped up and outperformed men in similar positions by helping their teams manage work-life challenges better, ensuring their well-being. Women leaders are also outdoing men in DEI initiatives. The McKinsey & Company report’s findings suggest that senior-level women are twice as likely as senior-level men to allot time for such activities at least once a week.

They Are More Inclusive

“I hate to say there are female and male ways of dealing with power because each of us has a male and a female part. But based on my own experience, women will tend to be inclusive, to reach out more, to care a little more.” 

– Christine Lagarde, Managing Director, International Monetary Fund.

 

They Are More Empathetic

“One of the criticisms I’ve faced over the years is that I’m not aggressive enough or assertive enough or maybe somehow, because I’m empathetic, it means I’m weak. I rebel against that. I refuse to believe you cannot be compassionate and strong.”

– Jacinda Ardern, Prime Minister of New Zealand  

They Encourage Free Thinking

“Our emerging workforce is not interested in command-and-control leadership. They don’t want to do things because I said so; they want to do something because they want to do them. 

-Irene Rosenfeld, CEO, Mondelez International

They Focus on Teamwork

Id leader “The women [I’ve worked with] consistently demonstrate passion, z, 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, cooperative, and family-like, but with the soul ship.” 

Having Confidence to Take Risks and Step Outside of Comfort Zones: Women generally have a much more difficult time leaving their comfort zone and taking risks than men do. For example, men will often apply for a job even if they don’t meet all the listed requirements. They usually do this thinking that they may meet enough to get their foot in the door and obtain an interview where they hope to impress the hiring manager. Women are much less likely to take these types of risks, preferring to apply for jobs they feel they are fully qualified for. This line of thinking has historical roots. For many years women had children much earlier than men did. They had less time to make good decisions that would lead them to a quality, safe,

Proper Use Of Body Language: One of the most visible aspects of leadership is body language. One can see the difference between a confident and unconfident individual with little difficulty and, most of the time, without even verbally communicating. One of the essential factors is posture. Shoulders should be back, and the head should be up, lowered, or sunken shoulders together with a drooping head is unlikely to garner confidence from one’s co-workers. “One area where many women fail is eye contact. It can be hard for people who feel intimidated to maintain eye contact with those speaking to them. Leaders do not look away or avoid eye contact when communicating,” writes Maria Pageant, a business writer at Britstudent and Nextcoursework.

Use Positive Thinking: It may sound trite, but positive thinking is a cornerstone for any successful individual. This does not mean one has to view the world through rose-colored glasses; it simply means to reinforce positive, productive thought patterns instead of negative, unproductive ones.

10 Tips for Emerging Female Leaders

1. Practice resilience. … 

2. Have humility. … 

3. Play to your strengths (not your weaknesses) … 

4. Be of service to others. … 

5. Take risks. … 

6. Find mentors. … 

7. Don’t compare yourself to others. … 

8. Demonstrate strength with grace and kindness

Great leaders promote cooperation.

A vital part of leadership is the ability to help different people work together to achieve a goal. Women can help create and promote cooperation throughout their company, partly because of their socialization and instinct to help the community. Even former president Barack Obama recognizes this ability in women. As women build relationships with their colleagues and employees, they can understand how to help them develop as a team. Women score higher than men in both developing others and building relationships. These skills help them understand what individual employees bring to the table so that they can foster cooperation and collaboration effectively.

Women are great communicators.

You may have heard jokes about women and their communication skills, but the reality is that women leaders are fantastic communicators. Most women leaders can tell their teams what they expect for a project or event and how to achieve it. This leaves room for creativity but not for confusion and ambiguity. Great leaders can provide instruction and let their team take off, finding a balance between the requirements and giving the team freedom to find a solution creatively. Women leaders often find that balance, which is crucial to helping teams succeed.

 

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