How women leaders are changing the boardroom meetings for more productivity

Women today are constantly breaking the glass ceiling, and making great strides in their professional lives. But there are many factors preventing them from truly making a difference in the world of business.

Because of pre-conceived notions, firmly embedded stereotypes, and age-old traditions, many women have been denied the opportunity for top management positions, and till a decade back, it was very rare to see a woman on the Board of Directors for a company.

But now, times are slowly but surely changing, as more women are rising to the challenge and changing the way professionals think. It is becoming more and more important for companies to promote their female employees to higher positions, as this helps bring a number of positive changes to the business. Some include:

  • Women are often found to surpass their male counterparts when it comes to motivating their staff.
  • Women use five of the nine most important kinds of leadership behaviours that enhance organizational performance more often than men – people development, expectations and rewards, role model, inspiration and participative decision-making. (‘Women Matter’ by McKinsey)
  • Other studies conducted into the behaviours of men and women leaders are more inclined to be the role models for the change they want, and are amenable to sharing experiences that motivate others to accept and encourage change.
  • Men are often prone to adopting stricter repercussions for behaviour and an individualistic decision-making style.
  • Women on the other hand are found to be more inclusive and collaborative in both, decision-making and leadership style, that leads to better results.
  • Women are also found to be more empathetic in nature. This helps them sense unrest in employees quicker and have the social skills and emotional intelligence to handle these issues in a more effective manner. Their emotional maturity can also help in bringing in an aesthetic touch to the product/service offering and brand, and can lend this sentiment to marketing campaigns to bring the emotional aspect which resonates with a wider audience.
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