5 Leadership Traits of Women, that Men Can Take a Lesson From

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Our nations are growing at a really fast pace and so are our societies. Call it evolution or just good luck, but our societies are most accepting towards changing old norms. Gone are the days when leadership roles were predominantly taken up by males. Today more and more women are coming forward to fulfill their ambitions.

The other day my maid told me how she is working 3 jobs and attending night school too. She wants to start her own shop for selling homemade snacks. It’s amazing to see women irrespective of class, age, working towards a goal that they have set for themselves. We are a powerful lot; we are striving hard to go up the ladder. Or is it a way to make up for the discrimination we were a part of in the past? Whatever the reason, the revolution has started for good.

Studies have shown that women face many different prejudices when they come to work. One being, women are less natural or qualified to take up roles with power. And the other being the prejudices they face when they take up leadership roles. They are viewed as boastful and inappropriate.

It’s a great change that we are all part of, but it is still a long way to go. Because with time qualities and nature of women has changed. It is wonderful how women use their innate skills like multitasking and patient in their workplaces to be better at their jobs. I am sure the journey for women is certainly not easy with the kind of prejudices they have to come across. While their male counterparts focus on just the work, they also have to fight against lame norms to go up the corporate later.

I have always felt a secret pride each time I come across a women of power. My work encourages me to interact with a lot of leaders. These interactions and some detailed studies show why women make better bosses than men today. Men should be taking a lesson or two in these lines.

  1. Situational Understanding    

Women by nature are very adaptive and adjusting. They understand situations and their outcomes better. While men have a fix-it attitude, women focus on customizing situations as and when required. While being in a position of power it is very important to be empathetic too. Women listen to the other side of the story, understand the situation and the make firm decisions. That is what makes them special and helps in being successful sooner.

  • They take initiative

Women take charge of everything they own. They accept things as their own sooner and better. Usually, men don’t take initiative and expect their subordinate to follow a protocol as told by them. Women at the same time lead by example. Regardless of what gender a leader is, it is very important to be aware of the scope of work and just dive in. If you have a great team, it will follow your path.

  • Patient problem-solving 

Having an organization to manage means coming across a wide range of problems each day. It is certainly not an easy task to manage a team, look into operations and find time to work with clients. One might get irritated and frustrated in situations like these which is highly not recommended. Women are known for their multitasking skills, that help them keep many tasks running simultaneously. They are less likely to lose temper when problems come up. Their habit of managing and solving this helps them to calmly take care of issues at work. Women use strategic thinking skills keeping in mind the need of the hour, to solve issues at hand.

  • Ability to change perspective

Adaptable nature of women allows them to take care of handle changes better. While men usually take advantage of their authority, women usually listen to the other person’s perspective. Being a good listener is another great trait of great listeners. There might be chances that the other person is wrong, women handle that gracefully. A women leader would explain the issue and tell why the idea would not work. Women are known to convince and not command in situations like these. In the other hand, if the employee can convince them why their point of view is right, they accept it with poise. The female gender is less likely to make it an issue with their Ego as a leader. Women are great learners. As a leader one needs to understand why learning is a continuous process and should never stop.

  • They collaborate and encourage people to be better

Women understand that their roles as leaders need them to be multi-talented. But at the same time, they understand that not everything is possible to be done effectively if done by the same person. They are flexible when it comes to understanding another person’s expertise in a job. Rather than making it an issue and trying desperately to learn the new trade along with the thousand other tasks, they delegate. This act of delegating work or collaborating saves them time and energy. It is also a great way to encourage people to be better at what they are doing. They are natural motivators and understand how long a word of motivation goes. Terms like “Good work”, “Impressive” are small but go to great lengths in keeping up someone’s spirit.

Women have innate qualities that made them good at what they did in the bygone times, manage households. Women of power today have used the same skills and are managing big corporates with ease.

Women and men have their own set of unique qualities that make them better at what they are doing. The competition in the market is huge, as more and more companies with unique concepts come each day. In times like these, it is wise for each gender to take a lesson from the other and work together for stronger companies.

When the skillset of both genders is mixed in the right proportions it leads to more success stories. It is wise not to compete against each other but walk hand in hand to boost more businesses online and offline too.

Author Bio:

Swaraj Das Mohanty is a Content Marketer at PagePotato. Being a graduate in Journalism from Bangalore University and an ex-Radio Jockey, he helps brands put their best content up front. Beyond work, he is a bookworm who knows to cook & drive in search of lip-smacking street food. Follow him on Instagram at BoredBelly.

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