Nowadays, gender equality is a very hot topic. Especially when talking about who has more leadership qualities. While women usually end up in the heat of the discussion, it is important to mention that this happens because there are more men in the top positions, then women.
Lists of the most influential people - very few women
When looking at the lists of the most influential people in the world, men have a tendency to dominate. Why is that? Well, this is because about twenty years ago, a woman in the top position was something unheard of, because in those days majority of people thought that a woman does not have the required skill set and characteristics to be in the managing position. Over time, things have changed, as more women applied and qualified for the top management positions. However, the percentage of women in top positions is still quite low, which means that the stereotype of women not being able to work in business environment still exists.
Woman manager, is that possible?
One of the biggest success stories, is of Mary T. Bara, as she became the first woman ever to be promoted to the general manager position of, a multi-million-dollar company, General Motors. In fact, this is considered to be one of the biggest achievements regarding the gender equality, since it broke all of the stereotypes of women not being able to run a business. There are a lot studies conducted about this specific event and almost all of the results lead to the same conclusion. Main question regarding these type of studies is in which industries do women tend to be better leaders then men? Well, the answer is that gender is not the deciding factor, it is the company’s culture. Industries, such as military, various government institutions, that are known for their ruggedness, physicality and strength see men as better leaders, while industries that require more of a psychological, humane and caring approach tend to chose women as their leaders and managers.
Manager is not necessarily a leader
Just the fact that more men are managers does not mean that they are also better leaders. One of the most important traits of a good leader is to strive for the best possible outcome together with your team, not by yourself. Due to the laws of nature, women tend to have a stronger urge for collectiveness and harmony in a workplace. They are also better at listening, solving and dealing with problems. While men are the opposite of that, because they are all about analytical thinking, rationality and influence. However, that is also why sometimes, men find it difficult to build strong relationships with their employees. Even though men tend to be more influential managers, women are seen as better leaders, since they are great at ensuring successful teamwork.
Competency is the key
Despite of all of the different characteristics between men and women, more people think that gender is not the key factor when trying to be the best that one can be. According to Pew Research centre’s survey conducted in 2015, as much as 80% of respondents said that gender has no influence to person’s levels of effectiveness. Regardless of the industry that a person is trying to conquer, whether it’s a military or an educational institution, both women and men have equal chances of reaching the top management positions if they are qualified and competent at what they do.