The Family Firm Institute have weighed into the debate: what makes women leaders effective? The writer puts forward the idea that a woman's ability to succeed in leadership can be hindered by a need to maintain relationships without ruffling feathers. Very interested in your thoughts on this one!
This very complicated analysis is at the heart of the difference between men and women in the work force, and in my experience, working within the family business too. Because so much of what a woman values is the connection and the relationship with others, when that is not reciprocated or encouraged, it can impede a woman’s ability to succeed. For the most part men, on the other hand, don’t have that problem. They measure their success on their individual ability to get ahead and are not as bogged down by how they are judged in relationships with others. Generally they are also not afraid of ruffling the feathers of those they work with to achieve success.