Forbes Magazine had published an article in February 2014 titled, “The Most Undervalued Leadership Traits of Women” by Glenn Llopis. This article highlights six traits that are seen in women leaders but are not valued as much as they should be. The six skills include: opportunity-driven, strategic, passionate, entrepreneurial, purposeful and meaningful, and traditions and family.
The first trait, opportunity-driven, speaks about how women leaders most often are optimists instead of pessimists. This mindset and trait is very critical for any leader because it allows for one to see opportunities in various places that are not so obvious.
The second trait, strategic, deals with a woman’s skepticism, and how skepticism is used by women leaders to help "play the game" and know what to do in particular situations, and what not to do.
Passionate is a trait not usually associated with women leaders, and is sometimes mistaken for women being "emotional". This trait though helps women leaders to push through and be persistent in what they want to achieve.
Women leaders know how to be resourceful and are keen in doing the necessary things to get the job done, and the fourth trait--entrepreneurial--describes how that resourcefulness is essential and important for women leaders to be efficient leaders.
The fifth trait, purposeful and meaningful, zeroes in on how women leaders create a work environment that allows for effective collaboration to take place.
The last trait, traditions and family, points to how in whatever environment that women are in--either in the workforce or at home--they are the glue that holds all the players and team members together. This is especially true for women leaders because women leaders have the capabilities and skills to bring everyone together to accomplish certain tasks, and be the pillar of strength for their colleagues.
These six traits highlight characteristics and traits that women already have, but it points out how these traits can be utilized in the workforce to create great women leaders. Honing in on these traits and embracing them is essential because it will allow women in leadership positions to stand up, take charge, and be a successful leader.
Post by Bhumi B. Bhakta, a first-year Masters of Public Health student in the Department of Health Behavior and Health Education.
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