“Leadership is not bullying and leadership is not an accusation. Leadership is the expectation that you can use your voice for good. That you can make the world a better place.” – Sheryl Sandberg.
Why do I say women leaders are said to take on the world? Simple, do you see men single-handedly balancing their household as well as their workplace? There ain’t any field of work that is beyond women’s reach! We say women are better leaders because leadership is not just a job title, it’s strength and professional code of conduct that women are very well suited for.
Getting into current events, UN Women’s Executive Director, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka commented on the importance of women in our society. “Women understand what it is like to be excluded and therefore how important it is to be included,” said Ms. Mlambo-Ngcuka.
She further added, “That motivates and challenges women leaders, to make space for more women, for diverse women, because it is not entrusting to be the first woman at this or the first woman that. We need as many of us as possible if we are to make the changes that are required.”
Hillary Clinton first nominated president, changed the course of history on the very day she was nominated as the first female president. It’s all about how women can handle stress, face any situations and on the same hand, have emotions.
What we need in today’s era is an understanding. An understanding of how diversity can help. Well said by Katrín Jakobsdóttir, the Prime Minister of Iceland and Chair of the Council of Women World Leaders, “When we have diverse leadership, we make better decisions and we are more aware that we need to be able to put ourselves in each other’s shoes. For leaders, the most important thing is to be able to talk to a very different set of people and know that you always need to have diversity in mind as part of your vision, not just in leadership, but in everything we do.”
During today's Women Leaders for #GenerationEquality event, our Executive Director @phumzileunwomen highlighted the challenges that women leaders have faced in this time of unprecedented crisis. #UNGA pic.twitter.com/vG8xAKrY2I
— UN Women (@UN_Women) September 17, 2020
Let’s look at a few points which definitely proves that women are excellent leaders.
1) Women get stuff done or well simply they can get a job completed!
It has been scientifically proven that women are more effective than men in getting work done. “If you want to go quickly, go alone. If you want to go far, go together”, very well said indeed!
Having a woman in your team means you have power because women are calculative and they do think ahead of time. Moreover, their inputs, idea, and thoughts hold value.
According to Hive, women spend more time on non-promotable tasks that are beneficial to a particular organization which does not contribute to career advancement. So basically women are kept in charge of the things that men don’t want to do which in the end makes them more effective.
2) Women not only communicate but listen!
“The most important thing in a communication to hear what isn’t being said”. What do, most of us do in communication? We listen to reply not to understand. In some studies, it is found that women interact better than men as they consider everybody’s point of view and not only of themselves. They follow these 4 steps to have productive communication:
a) Ask for Input: As mentioned above they do not leave out anyone from the conversation and make room for more ideas.
b) Stay Open: They create an environment of inclusiveness and do not judge the ideas of their team members.
c) Let it Roll: They accept rejection and don’t take anything personally. To be one top you have to mind your own business for sure.
d) Are Humble: They willingly accept their mistakes and always take the high road because they know that once pride gets in your way you are nothing.
3) Women fail but they get up!
“Women make great leaders because the odds are against us to lead. When you’re the underdog, it takes an extra push to get to the top. That’s why the women who emerge on top are extraordinarily strong and capable. We had to fight to get there!” – Sarah Attman, principal, Sarah Rose Public Relations. Aptly said as being a woman is not easy. You have a number of restrictions because of the polluted society but getting up out of the dark and facing society is what only a woman can handle. Women handle rejections very well and come out even stronger!
Speaking of getting up even more strong, how can we forget about Oprah Winfrey! Abused at the age of nine, pregnant at the age of 14, and faced what not tragedies is now standing with her head high proving that life is nothing but a track of failures leading us to success!
4) Women get better with age!
A new organization put forward that women above 40 are not “past their prime”. In fact, most women reach their most productive era when they cross this age!
Christina Vuleta and Whitney Johnson, VP of the Women’s Digital Network at Forbes and author of Disrupt Yourself: Putting the Power of Disruptive Innovation to Work respectively found a list to challenge age stereotypes and prove that over 40 is the most effective age!
All of this does not mean that men are not better leaders. They just are not as effective as a woman which been proven by many organizations. Women come up from many struggles unlike men and thus have to get out of the crowd to prove themselves. Thus their contribution will power and hard work will definitely help them to take over the world.