The 6 Traits That Women Leaders Bring To The Table

“Strong leadership starts with being able to pull together a group of people—who may not have anything in common—and getting them to buy into a vision of themselves as a collective group who can achieve uncommon results.” – Connie Jackson, Chief Executive of St. Bartholomew’s & the Royal London Charitable Foundation

Women bring many traits to the table in their role as leaders, a fact confirmed and quantified in a study conducted by Caliper, a Princeton-based management consulting firm, and Aurora, a London-based women-only leadership development initiative.

This study was rather interesting. Instead of looking at leadership styles of women versus men, they looked at personality qualities shared by both men and women. The authors of the study are quick to point out that men make exceptional leaders, but they found that women exhibit certain qualities more strongly.

Women are more:

  • Assertive
  • Persuasive
  • Motivated to get things done
  • Empathetic
  • Flexible
  • Sociable

The top takeaways from the study are fourfold:

  1. Because many women leaders possess strong people skills, they read situations accurately, look at all sides of an argument, and use their understanding of the situation to persuade people.
  2. When women have a setback, they work harder to prove themselves.
  3. Women are very inclusive and have a team-building style of leadership.
  4. Women take risks. They embrace innovation and are more interested in the possibilities than in sticking to the tried-and-true.

What does this mean for your organization?

  • Ask women on your team for their take of a situation.
  • Include women in brainstorming and planning sessions whenever you are looking at a new initiative.
  • If possible, include at least one woman on every team or in every department.

How has your organization benefited from having women in leadership roles?  How could your company include more women in leadership roles?

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