I feel like we should take a poll. One where we ask everyone we know that holds a c-suite position the question, “do you think women or men make better leaders?” What do you think the response would be? I don’t hesitate with my response: women. Let me tell you why.
Women Are Great Listeners.
Listen, as women we are slapped with the stereotype of being super talky-talky. Studies have even been done to argue this point. “It has been claimed that women speak about 20,000 words a day – 13,000 more than the average man – and scientists say a higher amount of the Foxp2 protein (the “language protein”) is the reason women are more chatty.” (Daily Mail, 2013.) But let’s face it: the fact is, women are great listeners. When someone speaks to us about something important, we’re there — and you better believe we are going to give our undivided attention. We really want to hear what the other person has to say and be there for them in their time of need — an excellent quality in a leader.
Women Are Great At Being Self-Aware.
Women are readers and learners. (Raise your hand if you’re in a book club… or multiple.) We are very open to and always looking for ways to continuously improve our personal skills. This focus on our development makes us more self-aware, which enables us to have a very strong emotional intelligence, a key trait of successful leaders.
Women Are Great Developers.
Employees who have a female boss are 1.26 times more likely to be encouraged to develop than teams with a male boss, according to a Gallup report. Women care about the personal and career development of their employees. It’s part of our job to provide future leadership roles from within our teams. We naturally invest more time in employee progression and tend to take employee progression more personally, but in positive ways.
Women Are Great Collaborators.
Women have a genuine passion for working with others. We thrive on connection and a sense of community. We like to share ideas and come up with solutions that will be effective for everyone involved in the process. That means that as leaders, we’re good at giving every team member a chance to voice their opinion and be a part of the conversation.
Women Are Great Motivators.
It is proven that praise in the workplace leads to improvement of morale and to better client-business relationships. We love discovering what motivates people into action and we are excited to hand out words of encouragement, thank-yous, gifts for jobs well done and pats on the back. We are engaged as leaders, and we love to see our people engaged as well.
Ladies, I’m sure you are all reading this and going “Hell yeah!” in your heads; this is not new news to you. The business world needs more women leaders. Because, quite frankly, we’re just better at leading people. The time is now, Wonder Women. Let’s step up to leadership!