After decades of inequity and gender disparity in the workplace, women are finally getting the roles and recognition they deserve. There is still a long road to walk in terms of complete equality, especially in higher positions of the corporate ladder such as leadership. Although we can see more women leaders across industries, the ratio of women leaders to men leaders is still very less. Even if women do make it to leadership, they are taken less seriously than their male counterparts because of the age-old gendered lens of workplace dynamics.
However, it’s constantly proven in many studies that women leaders have been more productive and a bigger key asset in running organizations. One such factor is that female leaders enable more workplace sensitivity thus resulting in workforces being more focused on the work! Let’s take a look at what makes our female leaders so befitting for their roles.
Women Oriented Mentorship
According to a Pew Research survey, employees identified women leaders to be way better at workplace mentorship than male leaders. The responses were heavy on the younger employees’ side showcasing that women make better mentors for young talent! Having a satisfactory mentorship is a huge factor in increasing employee satisfaction and thus, increasing workplace productivity and efficiency. Women’s mentorship is more valued in workspaces. Women leaders are also more approachable to young female employees, who look up to them for inspiration in male-dominated industries. Thus, making their mentorship more valuable to female employees! This makes the workplace sensitivity rates high and aspirational.
Nurturing and Empathetic
Women are naturally more empathetic and understanding of relationships. They are better at soft skills and have higher emotional intelligence than their male counterparts. Females have a competitive advantage at being good with maintaining employee relationships and have higher employee engagement due to their more approachable traits of being empathetic and understanding. Soft skills include for female leaders to motivate their teammates better, be more mindful of their employees’ needs, and evaluate the performance of their employees better. They enable more workplace sensitivity and happiness due to this!
Various research surveys have shown that having women leaders increases the diversity of a team. Having come from backgrounds where women have had to fight to get their leadership claims, women are more understanding of the struggles minorities go through in most workplaces. Female leaders have been through it all from opportunity cost, less privilege, and under-representation. Thus, they understand the need for diversity and try to incorporate more of it in the modern workplace.
Employees of different genders, races, ethnicities, and ages also bring more to the table diverse workforce ground for more innovative work! With different experiences and backgrounds, they can bring something new to the business every day, and all of this is enabled due to more diverse female leaders.
Female leaders naturally have a more grandeur and unique perspective towards running workplaces. Since the ratio of female leaders is still less, this perspective is still fresh, and much more is still awaited to arrive. Businesses have always been buried under homogeneous inputs from the same kind of people, so such fresh perspectives are required for businesses to thrive further. Female leaders can help do that with more modern and sensitive ideas!
Therefore, female leaders enable workplace sensitivity and are changing the way people work for the better every day. Let’s strive towards having more female leaders in our workspaces to promote more workplace sensitivity and productivity!