Our previous post described how, in some contexts, the relation of women and technology is perceived almost as a deviation of the conventional ideas of femininity. But technology is not the only field in which women are still underrepresented. A similar situation is found on leadership positions.
According to the Global Leadership Forecast 2014-2015 elaborated by Development Dimensions International (DDI): “Even with a greater academic achievement and an increased presence in global workforce, women are underrepresented in leadership and are more likely to be found in lower-level than higher-level leadership roles”. This statement is clearly supported by Catalyst’s Women in Standard & Poor’s 500 Index. In the main US companies, women only hold the 4% of CEO positions.
However, promoting the participation of women in technology or leadership positions is a claim not only based on moral justice grounds, but it is also beneficial for the entire society. Thus, according to the report developed by McKinsey in 2015, “gender-diverse companies are a 15% more likely to outperform”. Additionally, data from the Global Leadership Forecast 2014-2015 proves that companies with a better financial performance have the greatest number of women in leadership roles.
Source: Global Leadership Forecast 2014-2015 – Development Dimensions International
According to Louann Brizedine’s book “The Female Brain” women’s brain has some advantages with regard to leadership skills.
“The anterior cingulate cortex, which weighs options and makes decision, is larger in women, making us slower (but often better) at decision-making.
The prefrontal cortex, which keeps emotions in check, is larger in women, making us more likely to resolve conflicts and avoid aggression.
The insula, which processes gut feelings, is larger in women, making us more intuitive and better at “reading people.”
The hippocampus, the area of the brain responsible for memories, is larger and more active in women.
Lower levels of testosterone help female brain circuits in communication, gut feelings, emotional memory, and anger suppression.”