Gender Differences in Critical Leadership Behaviors

Gender Differences in Critical Leadership Behaviors

Great leadership begins with being a whole human being. A successful leader needs a combination of intellectual qualities (analytical thinking, strategic thinking, and creative mindset) and emotional qualities (self-awareness, empathy, and humility.)

Women are underrepresented in the majority of businesses, particularly at the senior levels in the organizations. A lot of leaders (both male and female) are completely untrained in all things related to gender in the workplace. Leaders have been brought up to take no notice of gender differences (for instance diverse communication styles, work-life balance, career choices, or career cycles) rather than turn into skills required to manage these differences.

Critical Leadership Behaviors

  1. Individualistic decision-making
  2. Control and corrective action
  3. Efficient communication
  4. Role modeling
  5. Participative decision-making
  6. Intellectual stimulation
  7. Inspiration
  8. People development
  9. Expectations and rewards

Leadership behaviors that women and men apply equally:

  • Efficient communication
  • Intellectual stimulation

Leadership behaviors that women apply more or slightly more:

  • Role modeling
  • Participative decision-making
  • Inspiration
  • People development
  • Expectations and rewards

Leadership behaviors that men apply more:

  • Individualistic decision-making
  • Control and corrective action
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