The article “What Women Know About Leadership That Men Don’t,” by Tony Schwartz, is all about embracing the leadership skills of the women. This article shows that even though women aren’t usually hired for jobs that require leadership and skill, those women who ARE in these positions rank higher in their abilities over men.
Schwartz goes over a few statistics of which are the following: “In March, Jack Zenger and Joseph Folkman reported …on their study of 7,300 leaders who got rated by their peers, supervisors and direct reports. Women scored higher in 12 of 16 key skills — not just developing others, building relationships, collaborating, and practicing self development, but also taking initiative, driving for results and solving problems and analyzing issues.”
“In another study of 2,250 adults conducted by the PEW Center, women were rated higher on a range of leadership qualities including honesty, intelligence, diligence, compassion and creativity.”
“For all that, women still hold only 14 percent of senior executive positions in Fortune 500 companies, a percentage has barely budged over the last decade. So why do women remain so vastly underrepresented at the highest levels of large companies?”
I ask myself that same question. Is it because more men are given these jobs because they are viewed as the “bread-winners” of the family? Or is it because it’s perceived that women don’t have the time to take on these jobs because they are too busy with the cooking, cleaning, and taking care of the children at home?
Assumptions are constantly being made. For all anyone knows is that these women are single mothers who are the prime providers for their children. They could be independent and living on their own and could have all the time in the world to focus on their job. Maybe their husbands are stay-at-home dads who are the homemakers of the family as these women go out to work. There is a plethora of possibilities, so why must we always assume?
The article states (with which that I am in agreement with) is that “we need more women with the courage to step up, fully own their strengths, and lead with confidence and resolve while also holding on to their humanity and their humility.” And THAT, along with a lesser amount of ignorance, is how we close in the gender gap between men and women in the workplace.