Hacking HR to Build an Adaptability Advantage

stephanie-sharma's picture

Management and Senior Leadership Lack Women Leaders

Research demonstrates that by bringing the feminine to organizational lens of leadership, along with the well-established masculine, we will create, sustain and encourage more adaptable organizational cultures. Feminine qualities are associated with good leadership qualities: Dependable and Reasonable, Long-term oriented, Collaborative, Adaptable, Flexible, Patient, Loving, Caring and Kind. The study that defined these contrasted them with the masculine: Dominant, Independant, Competitive, Hard working, and Assertive.

While the reasons for this are complex including many studies on how women see themselves, there is increasing research on organizational outcomes resulting from an increase of women in leadership/management roles. .  (research project by John Gerzema and Michael D’Antonio titled The Athena Doctrine: How Women (and the men who think like them) Will Rule the Future)

The organizations of our future lead by this next generation will not 'see' gender roles but will see qualities that align to organizational success through; purpose, mission, social responsibility along with performance, achievment, and growth. 

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simon-gosney's picture

Really good point. I think it would also be great to get to a stage where even the senior leaders who are women don't feel that they have to mimic a masculine style of leadership - just to fit in with established cultural norms in the organisation. We definitely need more women running organisations.