When you look for a leader for the job, like the presidency, a CEO, a manager or a particular task, you maybe looking for a woman. Leadership is one of the most pivotal factors in any institution. The rise and fall of any idea is largely dependent on the leadership of the day. It is not always easy to narrow down the suitability of any proposed leader at first glance, but there are certain traits that would make some better candidates than others.
In a world that is slowly waking up to the realization that women are indeed a force to reckon with when it comes to steering communities forward, here are some key considerations that may be the reason behind it all.
- The desire to make it understood
If there is one thing that women attach to all they do and particularly when in a leadership position, it probably has to be meaning. They seek to derive and base all they do on the fact that it has to make sense. Driven by what they perceive and feel, they are in a good position to understand the kind of impact their work and the result of it will have on the target market.
- The ability to fit in to others shoes
If a leader is able to understand the circumstances that his or her followers and workers are facing, then the leader has achieved a very crucial aspect of their role already. Workers respond very well to leaders who seek to involve themselves in the world of their employees, as then they are convinced that their leader is truly aware of their needs. Women achieve this when they take the time to consider carefully the views of those they work with, giving them a listening ear thus letting them know that they and their opinions are valued.
- The desire to realize personal development
Much as this is clearer in a family setting, where mothers tend to have a default setting that conditions them to seek the welfare of their families above all else, the same seems to translate in the work place, where they take time to find out how they can help staff improve themselves. Whether it involves setting up training programmes or installing kitchen appliances and transportation to help cut costs for their staff, they are clearly concerned about the overall welfare of their staff, as a true leader ought to be.
There is a lot more that can be said in this regard, not to disqualify the men in leadership positions, but to highlight some of the reasons that many institutions are resorting to having female CEOs and politicians today. At the end of the day, there is need to consider the overall good of any organization and in some cases, the best man for the job is a woman.
- Natasha: AFSB