When I think of women leaders I immediately think of Hillary Clinton, Condoleezza Rice, Madeleine Albright, Margaret Thatcher and Sonia Sotomayor. I think of these women not only because of their leadership qualities but first and foremost because they fought the odds by being a leader in a man’s world. However, it is not uncommon today to find women leaders in industries that were once lead by men such as, Mary Barra, newly appointed CEO of General Motors, Sheryl Sandberg – Facebook, Margaret C. Whitman – Hewlett Packard, Ursula M. Burns – Xerox, and Virginia M. Rometty – IBM to name a few. You can see a complete list of fortune 500 CEOs at http://goo.gl/n8SzKl . Who do you think of when thinking of women leaders? In your opinion, what makes them leaders?
In my opinion, a good leader, man or women inspires others to give 110 percent; in my opinion, a good leader is passionate, exudes positive energy, acts rather than reacts and is an excellent communicator. The common traits that allows the women I mentioned above to demonstrate good leadership skills are, their outstanding ability to multi-task, their collaborative approach their excellent communication skills, ability to “seek to find meaning and purpose” through their vision, and their excellent emotional intelligence. I thought of this article regarding a women’s ability to take advantage of Business School to “hone” in on leadership skills http://news.yahoo.com/women-business-… is worth taking a few minutes to read including the imbedded links.
Even with the strides women in leadership positions have made there are still stereotypes that powerful women have to deal with. There was an article in Forbes magazine that speaks about this topic http://goo.gl/H5gOrt
Male or female we all have had to deal with the terrible leader and boss. This is an article well worth reading so that you can head off a disaster waiting to happen and run like the win. http://goo.gl/TPP9VT . I know the long term unemployed just want to get back to work but what’s worse than not having a job, it’s having a bad boss; for the unemployed this article is worth reading http://goo.gl/kSSP9j
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