Do women make better business leaders?
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Leadership is a series of behaviours rather than a role for heroes, said Margaret Wheatley, a social scientist, educator and author. An insight into how women can be at the forefront of the leadership debate was discussed at the Guardian Sustainable Business event recently to explore why female leadership is vital to enhancing gender equality in business.
Erin Meezan, vice president of Interface, who spoke at the event explained: "I think women will play an increasingly important role in making the organisational change needed to guide at least the corporate world, if not the world in general".
She believes that this could herald a move towards a new way of doing business that is more collaborative, more community centred and more partnership focused. Of course, at everywoman, we’ve long understood the truth about this. Wendy Hallett, from Hallett Retail, and our 2011 NatWest everywoman Award winner is keen to offer her advice.
After battling cancer, she was even keener to help other women. "I do feel with that near-death experience that you give back. I never had strong female role models and feel I must work on that. You have to impress the next generation."
Leadership comes in all shapes and sizes. Everywoman member Hannah Bond, a project officer from the British Embassy Addis Ababa, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, says that her parents and grandparents filled her with passion for what she could achieve.
Her other role models include “Nelson Mandela and the Pankhurst sisters. People, particularly women, I see everyday who live difficult lives yet continue and want to achieve.”
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