What Women Want in Their Leaders


It makes sense that a female leader would be able to understand the particular issues of women and steer them through the mid-career maze. However, despite high profile female leaders, the number of women in leadership remains stagnant. What is the disconnect?”

The preceding quote is from the latest “DFS Global L&D e-Blast” article, What Women Want in Their Leaders, by Athena Vongalis-Macrow and Andrea Gallant.

In this February 6, 2012 HBR Blog article, the author shares five specific things leaders — both men and women – can do to deliver the best leadership and support to aspiring women.

The 5 recommendations:

  1. Demonstrate both hard and soft leadership skills.
  2. Take decisive action, fast.
  3. Inspire and look to the big picture.
  4. Balance emotional labor.
  5. Focus on leading.

More from the article:

”Women are not waiting for the revolution from above. Getting more women into leadership positions can only happen if they experience effective leadership — from both their male and female bosses. They prefer leaders with directing and enabling leadership skills. It’s through these skills that women can do their job well and work toward their longer term leadership aspirations more effectively.”

Read the short article to learn more!

Mike Osorio, your Dare to be Contagious™ strategist


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