- Satyakki Bhattacharjee
- New Delhi
Vice President & Chief People Officer, Media content & Communication Services India Pvt.Ltd
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Does Gender Play a Role in Leadership?
Are Leadership Styles of Women Leaders
different from those of Men?
The Style that a Women Leader use –
are they more effective than those used by Men Leaders ?
Is there any data to prove the above
or these are just popular perceptions?
As more and more women take up Leadership positions, what starkly surfaces is the question if Gender plays a Role in Leadership.
Success for women, leading in top position in recent years could be result of strategic purposeful interventions to be inclusive and experimental of women or could also be a naturally progressive result.
Hesitant I was, to use the word ‘experimentation’ above, but then, in the otherwise gender-skewed world of leadership, if experimentation propels women up – it’s a brilliant intervention that has just started yielding results.
Why at all could there be a difference? Is it the ‘Men being Martians, Women being Venusians’ (John Gray) theory that lends some credibility to this thought? Could be, as the underlying Principles and Values deep down inside either genders are diverse. The attitudinal drivers are different. Whereas the Men would have a preference for Structure, tend to be dry and Transactional, somewhat naturally Coercive, talking to ‘mean Business’, and purely Left-Brained; Women on the contrary are often driven by more of Empathy and Consideration, an overall feminine approach of being Transformational and Durability, being naturally more Inclusive and Participatory with a Socialistic, People-Oriented and overall Right-Brained approach.
A key determinant of the Leadership Style deployed by the leader is his or her inherent Core Values. What else could be the reasons; if at all there is a difference? Is there data or this is just fad and talking about it is, being in vogue….?