It’s amazing the different ways you can slice and dice the topic of leadership in business. You really can’t throw a rock at the internet without hitting an article on the subject, because effective leaders are successful leaders, and who doesn’t want to succeed? It’s an area that continues to undergo tremendous change as more and more women step into leadership roles in business, as well.
It’s no surprise that men and women approach leadership from different perspectives and therefore employ different tactics. Is one approach better than another? That is up for continuous debate. But the fact that both genders are noting the value that women are bringing to business, by leveraging their natural strengths, is exciting.
How they lead
A big difference lies in the way men and women view the hierarchy of their businesses. Similar to the military model of leadership, men give directives and hire employees to carry them out. In this type of environment, men maintain the “top dog” position, overseeing a group of subordinates.
Women know how to orchestrate and take a more holistic view when it comes to business. Just like a maestro of a symphony, they understand the power of bringing the right combination of “artists” together. They focus on creating sustainable environments and seek out new hires who excel where they don’t. Rather than needing to be the smartest person in the room, women will hire talent in order get their business to the next level. Through orchestration, women have a gift for integrating and increasing the strengths of individuals into collaborative success.
In an enlightening interview, Margaret Heffernan discusses these differences, “For most men, their mental model of a company is a machine. For every woman I’ve worked with or interviewed, their mental model is a living organism. That has huge repercussions. It means attention to culture is mission-critical, not peripheral.”
Let’s hear from you
I spend most of my time on this blog writing to you, but would love to hear from you on this subject. There are pros and cons to every choice in business, and leadership styles vary greatly. As a leader in business, whether you are male or female, what have you found to be the most effective approach to leadership and culture in your company? I look forward to your response.
© 2010 Reece International LLC/Dr. Shannon Reece. All rights reserved.
If you wish to use this article on your website or online newsletter, no problem, BUT here is what you MUST include:
Dr. Shannon Reece – The One Trusted Woman in a Man’s Business World
Starting your own business can be tough, but having the right tools makes all the difference. Dr. Reece provides the strategies and tactics women need to get their businesses from zero to launch and achieve real results. For more information visit www.DrShannonReece.com.
Don’t miss Dr. Reece’s latest post at 365DaysofStartups – “Caught in Complacency within Your Comfort Zone”