Critical thinking

Why Women Make Great Leaders

When we talk about managers, leaders, CEOs, and CFOs, we usually bring the picture of a man to our minds. Still, women make great managers and leaders of all kinds, and today, we are here to see why this is happening. Today’s article aims not to put both genders under the microscope and have them compete with each other. Both women and men have a variety of jobs and tasks that they can perform excellently. However, women have been underestimated for centuries, and even though things have changed, not everyone seems to understand that their contribution to society is valuable.

  1. History speaks for itself.
    To start with, the fact that women can be equally good and, in many cases, better than men in leading positions is proven by the fact that they have already been chosen in many cases. Not a few are the cases where men were selected not because they were better for the position but because women were occupied with raising a family and helping their kids grow up. The fact that women have to play this role does not allow them to be as available as men are when it comes to careers. Still, some women who have made clear choices in favor of work or women who have managed to combine both have set an example and the foundation for changing society’s beliefs about women and high positions in the workplace.

  2. They have to prove themselves right.
    The fact that society has all these stereotypes means that a woman has to work twice as hard to be accepted and respected in the working environment. Knowing that as a fact means that women who have already managed to reach the top are adequate and perhaps the most valuable members among the workers of the company. Everything they do has to be justified, and they bring arguments to the table whenever they come up with a new idea. The road to success for a woman, so the effort and final result are greater.

  3. They respond well to multitasking.
    People who work in high positions usually manage to get the whole picture and do not pay so much attention to detail. A leader is not an expert but a generalist who can handle every little aspect of the work’s challenges. Women are better at multitasking, and they can handle complex situations without getting overwhelmed and exhausted by the high demands of the leading positions. This way, they remain calm and get the job done, which is the goal in the first place. In the end, it is not only multitasking that makes them good leaders but the fact that they can finally handle every challenge, which makes them more comfortable and adequate.

  4. They are good listeners and communicators.
    A large part of the leader’s job has to do with connecting the team. The manager is like the glue that holds the company together. Apart from giving orders, the manager has to understand the needs of the employees in order to help them become better in their jobs. Their role in society traditionally wanted women in the family where communication skills were being developed. While men were absorbed with the whole survival issue, women were there to help their children learn and grow. If you think about it, the manager of a company does not have a different job to do. One of the goals is to help employees become better and evolve to help the company. As it proves, women are doing great at that.

  5. They are more easily approached by others.
    Last but not least, let us not forget how other people look at them and whether it is finally easier for employees to approach them. Employees of both genders feel comfortable asking their questions and develop a healthy relationship with their boss. Men appear to be more strict in employees’ eyes, and this does not help teamwork as successfully. Especially women who work in lower positions can feel more free and comfortable, and this is observed in their final performance; even men get more intimidated by other men in many cases, and they are afraid to admit they have weaknesses.

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Sophie Ireland
SVP for News and Editorial Director. As CEOWORLD magazine's senior vice president for news and editorial director, Sophie Ireland oversees CEOWORLD magazine's journalism and journalists around the world and across platforms. She leads an award-winning team of journalists and newsroom executives who are committed to excellence, innovation and the highest quality reporting and storytelling. Follow her on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, or connect on LinkedIn. Email her at sophie@ceoworld.biz.