Women Leadership – Silver Lining in the Cloud

Updated: Nov 5, 2021

Leadership is not a cakewalk for all and there are very few references of good leadership for women leaders in comparison to their male counterparts. They are lagging behind and we see very fewer women in the top positions be it politics or large corporates. However, they are breaking the traditional stereotypes and reaching leadership positions which are often challenging for them. Once reached then they struggle to prove themselves over time and build credibility as a leader. Though it is often found that women in a position of power, influence, and leadership are not very desirable. However, it has been widely accepted that women bring different perspectives, experiences, and skills while making a decision.

We often see very few women leaders in the top positions this is termed as “glass-ceiling ‘. It is an unofficial barrier to opportunities within an organization that prevents women to advance for leadership positions. But as it is rightly said ‘every cloud has a silver lining’ – in recent times we see many women are breaking the glass ceiling and taking top leadership positions in politics and corporates. In recent times, while handling COVID -19 pandemic the countries that have been successful in handling the health and economic impact were headed by women, they have been recognized for the rapid decision affecting the nation’s response to the pandemic. 

Until a few years back with few women in the leadership positions they had to compete with the expectations that of a male leader to exercise power, authority, and often directive.  Ironically women leaders are far more participative, collaborative in their approach to work. They work with people rather than making people work for them. Women leaders have shown a more compassionate side of leadership is engaging, caring, and nurturing towards their subordinates. This has also been labeled as a lack of assertiveness and firmness. Whenever they have shown direct behavior just like their male counterparts they were termed as unnecessarily dominant.

If a male and female leader is compared it is evident that what a male leader has to deliberately learn comes naturally for a female leader like mentoring, coaching, collaboration; since female leaders can effectively collaborate they face fewer challenges in managing teams at different locations and can easily motivate their subordinates because of their higher emotional intelligence.

Today when we see women are pushing to reach the