Women as Leaders?

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BB-5102 Management and Organizational Behaviour|
“Women make better leaders” Why? (If not, why not?) If so, what qualities make them better leaders, and explain.| |
Gary Lim Kwok Chuen (11M0011)|
Master of Business AdministrationSemester 1 - 2011/12Date: 25th August 2011Submission Deadline: 25th August 2011|

“A Journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step” - Lao Tzu Introduction
There have been arguments regarding whether women make better leaders than the male. These arguments are usually led towards sensitive issues like condemning, prejudice and discrimination. These are usually due to the religion and/or cultural style depending on the region especially when women are trying to position themselves at higher level or post. But do these really justify that women cannot be leaders or they can’t be better leaders? A research done in 2008 conducted by PewResearchCenter Team (www.pewsocialtrends.org) indicates a different perspective on how individuals responded to the surveys that had carried out. Essential Quality of Leadership

“Leadership does not simply happen. It can be taught, learned, developed.” * Giuliani, Rudolph W., 2002 [8]
People do not develop leadership skills by waving a magic wand or reciting the perfect word. No-one becomes a good leader overnight. The seeds of having good leadership skills come from a combination of personal skills, talent and character. One can only shape and nurture one’s leadership style by strengthening one’s talents, working to eliminate problem behaviours and learning to develop new, more productive and effective ones. A research, conducted at Insead’s Global Leadership Center derived 10 critical components that were analyzed base on leadership ability in men and women at executive level, globally. Their research indicates that a successful leader should have the following essentials i.e. (i) Envisioning; (ii) Empowering; (iii) Energizing; (iv) Designing and Aligning; (v) Rewarding and...
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