Great minds discuss ideas, average minds discuss events

Men tend to make decisions based upon rules and regulations.

"Great minds discuss ideas, average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people." - Eleanor Roosevelt. For example, studies have found that when making decisions, women are more likely to consider competing interests and arrive at cooperative, fair solutions. Men tend to make decisions based upon rules and regulations, which do not promote cooperation, collaboration, and building a consensus. Companies with at least one female director are 20% less likely to file for bankruptcy and the higher the representation of women on the board of directors, the better financial performance of the company. For more information, see here.

Leadership of an organization is critically important to its success. A leader is one who exemplifies the mission of the organization and acts on its behalf. If the leader is unmotivated or not engaging, the organization will likely fail. Leaders also inspire those around them to push themselves to be the best they can. This leads to greater personal satisfaction from the job, which in turn, feeds the success of the organization.


Organizations

The White House has created a Council on Women and Girls to ensure each agency accounts for the needs of women and girls when forming policy. For more information see here.

VoteRunLead is a national, nonpartisan organization that supports women in voting, running for political office, and leadership. For more information, see here.

UN Women is a UN organization created to promote gender equality and empowerment of women worldwide. For more information, see here.

The White House has created a Council on Women and Girls to ensure each agency accounts for the needs of women and girls when forming policy. For more information see here.


Studies and Articles

Psychology Today discusses how evolution impacts gender politics. For more information see here.

The Los Angles Times reports on how the corporate leadership of women and men differs. Notably, women are more likely to make fair decisions when competing interests are at stake. For more information see here for the article and here for the original study.

Studies suggest that there is a particular way in which women lead and its effectiveness is discussed in this article, published by Northwestern University. For more information see here.

A 2014 study published by Business Insider analyzes the differences in effectiveness between male and female leaders. There is strong statistical evidence that women make very effective leaders, often surpassing men in ability. For more information, see here.

This article offers advice to women on how to excel in leadership positions as well as some recommended further reading on the topics discussed.

This 2015 report explores public attitudes about gender and leadership It was found that the majority believe that women are as equally qualified as men to be leaders. Among those who see a difference between female and male leadership, most say that female leaders are better at being fair, being honest and ethical, and working to improve quality of life. For more information, see here.

Benchmarking Women's Leadership in the United States is a comprehensive report that was published in 2013 by the University of Denver; it is the first study that examines women in leadership roles across 14 sectors. Among the study's findings, it was discovered that when women leaders are present, results improve: "revenue is greater, sales are increased, impact and reach are more expansive, and industry distinctions are more prolific." However, women are currently underrepresented in leadership. For more information, see here for the summary and here for the full report.

The University of Denver report is an update on the White House's 2009 report, which studies women in leadership roles across 10 sectors: See here for the full report.

The Center for a New American Security released a report that examines the many difficulties for female leaders in the private sector and military. It also presents recommendations for improvement. For more information, see here.

UN Women has compiled a list of facts and figures on female leadership and political participation. For more information, see here.



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