According to several studies featured in this Harvard Business Review article, modern leadership requires more of what women have, soft skills including self-awareness, emotional attunement, humility and authenticity. And what’s more, when rated by their peers, supervisors and direct reports, women also scored higher than men in key hard skills areas like initiative, driving for results and solving problems, and analyzing issues.
The bad news? While women are emerging as the more well-rounded leaders of tomorrow, they’re still in limited numbers across the world. Although there is evidence that companies with the most women board directors outperform those with the least women on return on invested capital by 26 percent, women today make up less than 20 percent of board chairs across Fortune 500 companies.
What’s one way we can fix this problem? Clearly we have to focus on the here and now, advancing the high-potential women of today, but we must also recognize the responsibility we owe to our sisters, daughters, granddaughters, and nieces. They are the future women leaders of tomorrow and it’s up to us, now, to instill in them the confidence to lead the pack, whether they are running, throwing, or someday just maybe leading a board room presentation.
We encourage you to watch this three-minute video from the Always brand on what it means to be #LikeAGirl.