What We Can Learn From Female Leaders
For your startup to grow, it needs to be open to different methods, styles and procedures. Female leaders in business display many essential traits that I suggest you use to benefit your business. Empathy, collaboration and communication are the three qualities that I believe business leaders can learn from.
Having a hierarchy is important for a business; it provides a clear structure, maintains managerial integrity and is important for sustained success. Sometimes, in larger organisations, it is easy for a disjoint to form between managers and their staff members. Empathy is a trait that can help bridge that gap because it compels leaders to understand their team members. Female leaders are often better at using empathy to mentor their team members through soft skills and self-awareness. When you put yourself in the shoes of your staff, you can understand their problems and issues quickly and clearly. This improves relationships, and from my experience it can improve job satisfaction and productivity.
It’s good for team members to get involved in company matters and have something to contribute. Women often lean towards a facilitating leadership style. This makes it easier for team members to collaborate with each other and creates a more open work environment. I believe that collaboration is a wonderful way to improve innovation and workflow, as well as get team members comfortable enough to share their thoughts. Collaboration helps to drive ease and productivity, and can even increase wellbeing and happiness.
Communication is important for every business, and listening is half of communication. You need it to find ways to grow and to share thoughts and ideas. Female leaders tend to be better at listening than men, because they don’t always try to find a solution to the problem. Instead of trying to quickly find a fix, they try to better understand the issue. This helps female leaders understand what drives their team members, so that leaders may help the team more effectively. The ability to listen is a very important leadership trait. Aside from helping you connect with staff, it can help you understand what your customers need and how to give them what they want.
Successful business leaders are those who know how to use the best of feminine and masculine traits. As your company’s culture changes with time, so should its leadership style. Adapt to the changes in the modern workplace by using leadership techniques you can learn from leading business women.