In Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic’s article, “Why Do So Many Incompetent Men Become Leaders?” he asks the question…where are the women leaders?
“There are three popular explanations for the clear under-representation of women in management, namely: (1) they are not capable; (2) they are not interested; (3) they are both interested and capable but unable to break the glass-ceiling: an invisible career barrier, based on prejudiced stereotypes, that prevents women from accessing the ranks of power. Conservatives and chauvinists tend to endorse the first; liberals and feminists prefer the third; and those somewhere in the middle are usually drawn to the second. But what if they all missed the big picture?”
It’s a good question. Out of the 65 clients we work with I can only think of one or two that are lead by women. According to Gretchen Gavett, our best hope of being a leaders is moving to Norway where 41% of the boards have women in attendance (Tell Me Something I Don’t Know).
What’s really interesting is women totally slam men in a the qualities needed to be an effective, high engagement leader ( A recent study found that female leaders bested their male peers on traits like empathy, influence, and conflict management, and even have a slight edge when it comes to being self-aware. )
For those of you that are interested learning more, as I am, keep an eye on Gretchen’s studies though HBR over the next few weeks. Love to hear any comments or thoughts you might have too.