In recent decades, women have made significance gains in educational attainment better positioning themselves not only for career success but also for leadership positions.
They have also made inroads into managerial positions and professional fields. Most stereotypes would say that female leaders excel at “nurturing” capabilities such as developing others and building relationships.
But there are many traits other than these nurturing ones such as taking initiative, displaying integrity and honesty, and driving for results that women are good at. There is a lack of women in high-level leadership in business, politics and higher education.
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There is a need to redefine leadership for this new era and to demonstrate new pathways for identifying, preparing and supporting women. In future, enabling a culture in which women feel not only welcome but fully engaged is vital to getting women into the game. We live in exciting times.
Technology is changing the world. It creates both opportunities and threats. Let’s ensure women leaders are at the forefront of using technology to build a better working world. Through fairer systems of assessment and the creation of supportive networks, women leaders can be the status quo rather than a novelty.
Author: Aushna Irfan