It should come as no surprise that women are strong leaders. However, the workplace today still lacks a balance of women and men in leadership roles. In fact, in 2020, only 29% of people in leadership roles were women, according to a study conducted by the Grant Thorton International Business Report.
Thankfully though, gender disparity in the workplace is improving. More women are stepping into leadership roles and showcasing the unique perspectives they have that make them great leaders.
1. Women often excel at motivating their teams
A great leader knows how to motivate their teams, and women tend to have strong motivational skills. In fact, a study conducted by Gallup found that 33% of employees who had a woman as a manager were engaged, compared with 27% among employees whose manager was a man.
Not only are women successful in motivating others, they also succeed at motivating themselves. The same Gallup study found that 41% of female leaders feel engaged at work, while 35% of male leaders felt engaged. A motivated mindset is contagious, so motivated leaders are more likely to pass that on to their teams and create a more positive culture.
2. Women have strong communication skills
Women are also strong communicators – another core leadership trait. Harvard Business Review found that women scored higher for communication skills than men. Communicating effectively and listening actively makes employees feel heard and valued, increasing engagement and lowering absenteeism. By listening to feedback and communicating with employees about issues or shortcomings of the office, a leader can make changes to improve the overall culture and operations.
3. Women score high on empathy
With all due respect to men, women also scored higher than men for empathy, according to the book Talking From 9 to 5: Women and Men at Work by Dr. Deborah Tannen. In fact, women earned a score of 103 for empathy, while men earned a 94.
Empathy in leadership creates an open and communicative culture. It also helps build strong work relationships. Employees feel more comfortable coming to empathic leaders when they need support, which improves their productivity and engagement.
4. Women have a collaborative leadership style
Generally speaking, women tend to have a more collaborative leadership style. In fact, the same Harvard Business Review study found that women scored higher in the “Collaborative and Teamwork” category than men.
A collaborative work culture not only brings new, innovative ideas, it also:
- Gives all employees a voice
- Increases productivity
- Creates a more open, welcoming company culture
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Both men and women have proven to be great leaders, each offering helpful perspectives. If you're ready to improve the leadership styles at your organization, I invite you to reach out to me today to get started.