I have always had a passion for leadership and its impact upon followers. As a matter of fact, when I look back over the years of my life, leadership has always been there in some form or fashion, whether jumping out front to volunteer in grade school or serving as an elected captain of my high school and college sports teams.
Men & Women Lead Differently
One thing about leadership that has always intrigued me is the difference between how men lead and how women lead. Why? You might ask, because it can potentially impact the productivity and organizational culture and climate. My wife Mireidy serves as an advisor in Advocare, an organization we both care deeply about due its commitment to the health and well-being of people. Through Advocare lives are being changed daily and a great deal of it is based upon the drive, passion, camaraderie and commitment of its female leaders. There is nothing like seeing these women come together to celebrate one another amidst the victories and challenges of being women in leadership with Advocare.
A Healthy Foundation Creates Confidence
When women lead from a healthy place of confidence and security in their decision-making it is a beautiful thing. For example, in the book “Women in Leadership” Karin Klenke suggests that gender bias has been with us from antiquity and must be observed and addressed for women to move forward unimpeded. When unimpeded, research suggests that women who experience conflict are more likely to disseminate and respond with a solution based upon relationship, empathy and compassion, all of which create a greater likelihood of a positive outcome.
Why Maturity Plays a Role in Female Leadership
Mature women in leadership welcome a diversity of thoughts opinions and backstories that inform the leadership decision rather than quench it. The outcome is a rich narrative that propels an organization forward…indeed that is a beautiful thing.
Point of Clarity Quote:
“Dear optimist, pessimist, and realist — while you guys were busy arguing about the glass of wine, I drank it! Sincerely, the opportunist!”
– Lori Greiner