The Importance of Women in Leadership Positions
Being a woman is both an advantage and a disadvantage in our society. Advantages include the ability to multitask and the natural oxytocin hormone that helps women bond with others. This means that women are better equipped to empathize and collaborate with people, a skill that is vital in business. Disadvantages include the pressure to raise children and the burden of financial responsibility. Historically, women have been less powerful than men and this has left a mark on their personality. Women also tend to be more vulnerable and are more welcoming to diseases and infections.
Many of the women we interviewed for this project have very high standards. This is a great thing but can be problematic when you’re battling against a culture of sexism in the workplace and other outside influences. Several of them talked about having an internal voice that was negative or critical, even after success. This can lead to poor boundary-setting, working too hard and an unhealthy work/life balance.
Women are naturally gifted with empathy and intuition. These traits make them excellent leaders as they know how to create a sense of togetherness in a team. This quality helps them to understand and decode emotional cues which allows them to build strong working relationships and achieve a greater level of productivity at work.
Being a woman has a positive effect on one’s longevity as it is believed that women live longer than men. This is thought to be related to a number of factors including the diet, exercise and lifestyle of women. Additionally, being a woman is thought to increase the levels of estrogen which is linked with a lower risk of cardiovascular disease and a reduction in the symptoms of depression and anxiety.
While the #MeToo movement has broken down centuries of patriarchy and allowed more women to find their voices and stand up for themselves, there is still a long way to go when it comes to equality in the workplace and in the world. We need more women in leadership positions to make a difference, but for that to happen, companies must do more than simply offer sexism awareness training.
Instead, they must focus on addressing the wider issues that are holding women back in their careers, such as a lack of flexibility and emergency childcare support. By introducing more policies and incentives that improve women’s day-to-day working experience, companies can start to see real progress toward gender equality in the workplace. This means moving beyond the status quo and taking risks to change the way they manage people. By doing this, they will benefit from higher employee engagement, lower turnover rates and improved productivity. This is how they will begin to close the gap between men and women in leadership roles.