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leadershipWhen it comes to leadership, women are increasingly proving to be better than men. Certain specific abilities and managerial strengths are gifted to women, only getting better with practice. On social platforms, women are sadly faced with inequality stemming from society’s negative perception.

With the same diligence they show commitment at the workplace, women should also be compensated on equal terms as men. Even with these challenges, here are reasons why women easily trounce men in leadership;

Motivating Others

Generally, women are natural motivators who sense when it is necessary to offer support. They learn the triggers to an individual’s fears and motivations, seeking to find a middle ground. Ideas for motivation materialize effortlessly.

Men exhibit phobia when faced with emotional situations, taking a back seat rather than offering guidance. Studies consistently show that employees with women bosses are genuinely engaged in work obligations.

Equipped To Succeed Against All Odds

In a world where women have had to face a form of discrimination or another, dealing with challenges is a necessity. Women have had to stand up for themselves, achieving major leadership feats on the process.

Succeeding the odds is now being achieved with flying colors, revolutionizing the corporate space. Women are naturally driven to prove wrong those who seek to place barriers between them and their career and life aspirations.

Incredibly Patient

Unlike men, women in leadership won’t rush into decisions without clearly thinking them through. Before jumping into serious business conclusions, a lot has to go into reasoning and seeking the best solutions. This helps keep the atmosphere at work calm and conducive.

Stress is among the greatest contributors of resentment and unproductivity at work. Women are the best at calming down stressful situations, simply through gentleness and calmness. When not tamed, stress can ruin chances of promotion and salary increment.

Firm Business Ethics

While most women only subscribe to ideal business ethics in the workplace, women take a broader approach. Ladies would rather place ego aside and practice their ideal ethics in all aspects of their lives, rather than unsettle the working atmosphere.

As they pursue fairness, women fully recognize and respect the rights of their colleagues. The ethical behavior of initiating and spreading harmony is highly revered in corporate circles. Organizations are now more inclined to offering prestigious leadership positions to women.

Superior Managerial Skills

From their excellence in home management for ages, women portray characteristic of planning and saving naturally. They can thus manage well even when stocks run low, making them ideal for handling turbulent business environments. Their efficiency in managing resources is incomparable.

Maintaining a balance and careful allocation are achieved through intricate planning and thoughtful scheduling. Men are at times too casual, opting to ‘cross the bridge when they get there’. In contrast, women are proactive and openly considerate to subordinates and coworkers alike.

Excellent Communicators

Jokingly, women are said to be talkative; the corporate world proves that they talk sense amongst themselves. In extension, this virtue is integrated into organizations when they actively take up leadership roles. Every decision is thought out rationally before executions.

For women, snagging a business deal is achieved through tactful and precise communication. In the rough corporate world, these soft skills are sure winners in efficiency. Crisp flow of information in any organization leads to greater and lasting success.

As men prioritize actions over words, they at times end up making avoidable and costly mistakes. Customer and employee concerns are best handled by women, helping establish and maintain strong relations.

Good at Collaborating

It is women’s natural instincts to bridge gaps and bring people together. At the workplace, they comfortably handle multiple roles, interacting with many colleagues in the process. A happier organization is poised for success and triumph over competitors.

Being alpha-males, men in leadership positions seek to directly assert their authority without emphasizing on teamwork. Women prefer working in a team, seeking solutions together, and looking out for the best interest of all subordinates and staff.

Conclusion

Across the board, women are now taking up an increased percentage of leadership positions. In social and corporate settings, their empathy makes them invaluable as sources of encouragement and motivation. With clear visions, they have lead companies to greater profits and loyal client communities.

The world should move towards putting more women in charge of leadership positions. The positive effects will trickle down to all levels of society. Which women leaders motivate you? Let us know in the comment section. We are much obliged to further this conversation.

About Our Guest Post Author Edward Shaw

Back in 2006, I took a great liking and interest in Google and how it ranks websites. I started my passionate journey by engaging in blog writing. Since then, I have been exploring my knowledge on blog writing and reaping immense rewards. While researching is not my particular strength, I have nonetheless taken time to learn in-depth content writing. I have mastered the art of unique content writing, ranking highly in search engines. These skills have been developed over the course of writing blogs and product/service reviews.

My experience in blog writing commenced as soon as I cleared my studies. Throughout all this time, I have come to appreciate writing as a skill which is learned over a period of time. I continue to increase my proficiency in many writing fields, seeking as much as possible to appease to the reader. I continue to passionately write and share what I have with others, as much as I love learning from them.

Having established myself as a name to reckon with in the writing industry, I steadily increased my workflow. I have spent time recruiting the best blog writers, employing their services in the niches of their specialty. Time management skills have been of essence. Most important of all, I have learned to trust my online support staff. This virtue is important when dealing with direct clients from all over the world.

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It’s rightly stated that leadership often seems inconspicuous, if one overlooks the traits pertaining to the same. Building on the same line of thought, one can’t simply respect or value a leadership gesture without identifying the characteristics that cause it. Of course, stemming out of this identity crisis woman leaders are falling victim to ignorance at workplace. Today’s women has risen from the grounds of uncertainty to go beyond the expected and score laurels for the society. For instance, at S & P 500 companies 4.8% of the CEO positions are held by women. Although this doesn’t account for the majority, but the growth trajectory also needs some consideration.

Be it Margaret Thatcher or Mother Teresa, women in leadership have always adorned global history. However, people today still walk on with the sounds of ‘ignorance is bliss’ playing out loud in their heads. A lady might manage to be the perfect homemaker and still nip her tasks at work, in short – be the master of opportunity management. But, the world she lives in will nag her with their stereotypical thoughts and continue to undervalue any initiative at her part.

Mentioned below are 4 such traits which are quite quintessential to the existence of women, yet are underestimated by the crowd. Go through them with due consideration to bring about a change.

1)    Being A True Opportunist

Women have a constant habit of looking for opportunities whenever confronted with challenges. Optimistically they push their efforts beyond the limit to achieve results that not only benefit them, but all in general. Now that’s an essential leadership trait, but nobody cares!

Their mindset is dipped in pure optimism to find opportunity in everything they see. For example, the two marketing techniques quite prominent by the name-‘the free gift’ and ‘gift-with-purchase’ were nothing but the result of a Hungarian mother’s sheer inventiveness during adverse times.

2)    Strategic Thinking

You might have seen your mother or wife keeping things in right balance, even with a meager budget that you see as peanuts. As small as it may seem, but that’s the ability to envision results and form strategies to achieve them.

At times they ‘play the part’ to test the intentions of those around, hence rightly judging the reliability factor. Seriously, successful women know when to break free from the shackles of ambiguity and anticipate the unexpected.

Be it any organization you pick, women tackle risk ahead of time to get the root cause of a problem and solve for it, efficiently.

3)    Entrepreneurial Skills

Isn’t entrepreneurship an integral part of a woman’s reflexes? They prove to be extremely resourceful in connecting the right dots and develop the necessary link to get dome with the job at hand. Like a true entrepreneur, they keep a bull’s eye focus on the objectives and sustain the required momentum. In addition to this, creativity seems to be persistent in every action they carry out. Being at par with the responsibilities they’re assigned, women have every modicum of courage it takes to get an idea to work. Sounds like true entrepreneur, right?

4)    Finding a Purpose to Everything

Women leaders have always enjoyed inspiring others to believe and accomplish whatever they desire. They are well-acquainted with the feeling of being an underdog and incessantly suppressed by the ones they’re around. Having high standards they make it difficult for others to abuse any special privileges and be unjust.

Plus, they’re excellent networkers who value the idea of others and put forth a rational frame of mind to convert what is impossible into goals that require due efforts.

In short – women have always been the nucleus of this rapidly changing global scenario. Being the harbingers of accomplishments, they don’t demand for a shout-out in their favor. All they need is due recognition, wherever fair. Rest will fall in place by itself.

Author Bio: Swati Srivastava is an avid writer who loves to pen down her ideas and career tips for job seekers and professionals. Her articles are published on several reputed career sites.  Currently she is writing for Naukrigulf.com.

Rachel Sugar of Business Insider has written an article “Why the future of work is looking bright for women”. She writes about research done by Raina Brands, an assistant professor of organizational behavior at London Business School, that a shift by companies to flatter structures and looser hierarchies could be particularly good for women in leadership positions.  You can read the entire article here.

Did you know that Gracie Allen, wife of George Burns, ran for President of the US in 1940?  There have been a few more memorable attempts by women to run for President but as well know it hasn’t yet happened.  To learn more about women in power read the article by Huff Post called “Women In Power: Presidents, Prime Ministers And Chancellors“.

Who can resist the constantly “smiling” face of a dolphin whose intelligence and acrobatic skill have delighted humans for centuries? Whether through the legends of sailors rescued by these marine mammals or through frescoes found on the walls of ancient Minoan palaces, humans continue to be intrigued by dolphins.

I am no exception. Nor is my 13 year-old granddaughter Siena. Together, we showed up at the Dolphin Research Center (DRC) where a colony of Atlantic bottlenose dolphins call the lagoons of the Gulf of Mexico home. Here, DRC researchers and trainers care for dolphins who have to come to them because of injuries or because prior captivity deemed them “non-releasable.” The Center is a not-for-profit education and research facility dedicated to promoting the coexistence between marine mammals and humans and the environment we share. Through research and education, we begin to understand the world of the dolphin and can study cognition, physiology and husbandry.

As a management consultant, I became fascinated with the corollary between engagement for high performance in order to create a resilient organizational life and engagement and high performance in the watery world of the dolphin.

To gain the trust and performance of dolphins as well as people, here are five lessons we might all do well to remember:

  • Know everyone’s name and something unique about each one.
  • Set everyone up for success.
  • Build skill levels.
  • Provide more stimulation for top performers.
  • Allow for fun and individuality.

Lesson #1: Know everyone’s name and something unique about each one. At DRC, researchers tell dolphins apart by their coloring, their movements, and call each by their name. A special shape on a stick is lowered in the water and every dolphin knows which one belongs to him or her.

In organizations, I’ve observed managers who do not know the names of their employees, can’t tell you one thing unique about them, and send group messages that don’t take individuality into account. This anonymity is compounded in a virtual

world. Sadly, that virtual world becomes the fallback way of communicating even if the person is sitting in the next cubicle.

A great manager/leader knows that every virtual team must at least start with a face-to-face meeting (or video face-to-face) and a personal sharing of more than resume data. A great manager/leader finds ways to highlight each person so they feel singularly recognized.

Lesson #2: Set everyone up for success. At DRC, researchers and trainers make sure that before asking a dolphin to do something “more”, they have allowed the dolphin to be successful in a current task. When the new “request” is made, the trainer makes sure that not every element is strange and so there’s a modicum of comfort.

In organizations, goals are sometimes changed before employees have a chance to experience and celebrate success. The bouncing ball is never caught. Frustration results. Likewise, when responding to the demands of a changing business world, a great manager/leader makes sure that at least some element of prior success is brought into play. For example, Apple used the technology of the I-Phone to create and expand into the world of the I-Pad.

Lessons #3: Build skill levels. At DRC, researchers and trainers break apart a task or a research project into smaller components and observe dolphins while adding the next step only after seeing successful completion of the first. Different dolphins also learn at different rates.

In organizations, great managers/leaders don’t expect 100% proficiency from the starting gate. Instead, they watch for building blocks of performance. By observing and listening for such blocks, a manager/leader also knows whether an employee can, in fact, do the assigned task. That manager/leader must also know what is the time frame for accomplishment. Not everyone is suited for specific tasks. Pulling the plug too late can be as dangerous as pulling the plug too soon!

Lessons #4: Provide more stimulation for top performers. At DRC, some of the dolphins were stronger and quicker than others. Dolphin Tanner would become bored if not offered enough stimulation. He loves the cognitive challenge of imitating while blindfolded with soft latex cups. (International Journal of Comparative Psychology, 23,671-688). Without stimulation and challenge, Tanner “checks out” of his work.

Organizationally, humans are no different. Skilled performers become bored and apathetic if not invited to explore what might be the next growth opportunity. A great manager/leader watches for performers who have “checked out”. Increased stimulation might be just the answer.

Lesson #5: Allow for fun and individuality. Dolphin Talon is a grandchild of Flipper, one of the stars from the television show by the same time. Talon literally squeals with excitement every time he makes an incredibly high jump and puts an extra rotation into his flip. Dolphin Calusa is a jokester, hiding the target poles so trainers have to ask her to go find them. And Molly is my special “dolfriend.” Yes, I adopted this 50 year-old older marine mammal with scars from a former life under her flippers. She is into accessorizing and has a collection of colored scarves that people have brought her!

When Siena gave Molly the command to “Bring me a gift,” Molly came back with an orange and red silk scarf over her snout. Siena was thrilled. We learned this does not happen often. Molly has been known to suddenly appear with a scarf over her dorsal, one on her nose, and another on her flipper. And to this day, divers who inspect the lagoon have NO idea where she hides her accessories!

We are all like the dolphins, wanting to add some color, fun and personality into our workday. A great manager/leader makes space for humor, laughter, and originality of expression. In fact, it is the laughter and spontaneity that keep researchers, trainers, and the many volunteers at Dolphin Research Center coming back for more.

As we drove back to Miami and our long flight back to California, Siena and I realized we had laughed and learned. We watched with wonder. And we knew that places like the Dolphin Research Center allowed us to also embrace our own humanity.

“The worst sin toward our fellow creatures is not to hate them, but to be indifferent to them; that’s the essence of humanity.”

– George Bernard Shaw

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