In recent decades, women have made significance gains in educational attainment better positioning themselves not only for career success but also for leadership positions.
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They have also made inroads into managerial positions and professional fields. Most stereotypes would say that female leaders excel at “nurturing” capabilities such as developing others and building relationships.
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But there are many traits other than these nurturing ones such as taking initiative, displaying integrity and honesty, and driving for results that women are good at. There is a lack of women in high-level leadership in business, politics and higher education.
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There is a need to redefine leadership for this new era and to demonstrate new pathways for identifying, preparing and supporting women. In future, enabling a culture in which women feel not only welcome but fully engaged is vital to getting women into the game. We live in exciting times.
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Technology is changing the world. It creates both opportunities and threats. Let’s ensure women leaders are at the forefront of using technology to build a better working world. Through fairer systems of assessment and the creation of supportive networks, women leaders can be the status quo rather than a novelty.
Author: Aushna Irfan