Are Women leaders more effective than Men?

by Priya Mishra on Monday 15 June 2015, 4:56 PM | Category: Organisational Development| View: 896 views

 Women make up for more than half of the workforce in modern day industries yet there are only a few at CEO and global head levels. According to a recent study it was found that there are only 3-4% of women globally that are CEOs of companies. The study also stated that women have higher overall leadership effectiveness compared to men. The graph showed a 2.7% increase in effectiveness of women leadership than men, females stood at 54.5% whereas their male counterparts were at 51.8%.

Despite these stats, women are still lagging behind in playing larger roles in their respective organizations. As new leadership programs are being developed women are gradually moving to better roles and job opportunities. The reason why men lag behind women in leadership is that after a certain age they think that their work is great and they don't need feedback. Whereas a woman, at any age, constantly pushes for feedback to improve her overall job performance.

It is proven that leadership skills are developed in women as they age; during this time it's always the men who are chosen for leadership positions. According to a study, when a man and woman join a company, the latter is preferred to be an effective leader but as they age the woman takes over. The gap is again filled when they reach the age of 60.

People often think that women will be apt at nurturing roles like motivating, relationship building and teamwork but apart from these they have also proved in taking initiatives and driving for results and these are not nurturing roles.

Organizations have begun to understand the importance of women leaders and have initiated giving them larger responsibilities and senior roles.

School of Inspired Leadership is one B-School that provides one year PG programs in HR and Business Leadership. The PG program allows women to hone the leadership skills that will make them an impactful leader.

SOIL is co-created by a group of leading companies (TATA Steel, Mahindra & Mahindra, Infosys, Maruti Suzuki, ICICI Bank etc) from across industry verticals that believe in SOIL and its value proposition. They partner with SOIL to design the curriculum, select and mentor students, present live case studies, guide students for Action Learning Projects and lead the placement process.

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