How exactly do female leadership behaviors contribute to improve organizational and therefore financial performance? Drawing on the work of academic researchers who surveyed, classified and measured, on a frequency scale, the full range of leadership behaviors observed in corporations, we identified nine specific behaviors that can reinforce organizational performance.
In fact, our analysis showed that each of these behaviors can have a positive impact on one or several organizational dimensions. Take for example, inspiration, which consists in providing a compelling vision of the future and inspiring optimism about its implementation has a positive impact on the direction and motivation dimensions of organizational performance.
Here are nine leadership behaviors that improve organizational performance, if more frequently applied on average.
- Role-modeling: being a role model, focusing on building respect and considering the ethical consequences of decisions
- Efficient communication: communicating in a convincing way, with charisma
- Control and corrective action: monitoring individuals’ performance, including errors and gaps against objectives, and taking corrective action when needed (sanctions, realignment)
- People development: spending time teaching, mentoring, and listening to individual needs and concerns
- Inspiration: presenting a compelling vision of the future and inspiring optimism about its implementation
- Individualistic decision-making: preferring to make decisions alone and engaging others in executing them
- Intellectual stimulation: challenging assumptions and encouraging risk-taking and creativity
- Expectations and rewards: defining expectations and responsibilities clearly and rewarding achievement of target
- Participative decision making: building a team atmosphere in which everyone is encouraged to participate in decision making
Reference: “Bass & Stogdill’s Handbook of Leadership: Theory, Research & Managerial Applications” by Bernard M. Bass