Is women’s leadership different than men’s?

The question of whether women’s leadership is different from men’s leadership is a topic that has been widely discussed and debated in various fields, including business, politics, and academia. It’s essential to approach this topic with sensitivity and acknowledge that individual differences can be more significant than gender-based ones.

Undertaking research we realized that there are differing viewpoints on this matter, and it’s important to avoid generalizations as leadership styles can vary greatly among both men and women. However, some research and studies have highlighted potential differences in leadership styles between genders

Communication style: Some studies suggest that women may lean towards a more participative and collaborative communication style, while men may exhibit a more directive or assertive communication approach. However, these tendencies are not universal, and individuals may exhibit a mix of different leadership behaviors.

Decision-making: Some research suggests that women leaders may emphasize consensus-building and take a more inclusive approach to decision-making, considering diverse perspectives. On the other hand, men may tend to make quicker and more assertive decisions in certain contexts.

Emotional intelligence: There is some evidence to suggest that women may possess higher emotional intelligence, which can aid in understanding and managing emotions in themselves and others, a valuable trait in leadership positions.

Risk-taking: It has been suggested that men might be more prone to taking risks, which could be advantageous in some entrepreneurial or strategic leadership contexts.

Leadership effectiveness: Studies investigating the impact of gender on leadership effectiveness have shown mixed results, with no clear consensus. Leadership effectiveness is likely influenced by various factors, including personality, experience, organizational culture, and the specific leadership context.

It’s important to emphasize that effective leadership is not determined solely by gender but by a combination of individual skills, qualities, and behaviors. Leadership styles can vary significantly from person to person, regardless of gender. The most effective leaders are those who adapt their approach to the needs of their team and the situation at hand.

Promoting diversity in leadership, including gender diversity, is crucial for organizations and society as a whole. Having diverse perspectives and leadership styles can lead to more innovative and well-rounded decision-making processes. It’s essential to focus on recognizing and encouraging leadership qualities in all individuals, irrespective of gender, and to create environments that foster inclusive and supportive leadership practices.

Check out our leadership course for women

Executive Course for Women Leadership in Maritime

About the course

The course is about Women and Leadership in the Maritime industry, but it is by no means a ‘women only’ course; in fact, we would actively encourage all genders to engage with the course, as Women in the work place is a key business issue (and as you will learn, a key determinate of success), not just a ‘Women’s’ issue.

You will learn about the business case for widening the workforce to encourage a diverse and inclusive environment and the benefits this brings – based on vigorous research and contemporary data.

Also covered is the building blocks of leadership essentials, including the importance of development, together with understanding the barriers, bias and difficulties Women face in the work place and more importantly – strategies to overcome them.

Meet the Instructor

Meet Nicola Searle

Nicola is fully CIPD (Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development) qualified and has over 20 years’ experience in Human Resources working across various sectors (manufacturing, commercial, public and community-voluntary) always with a strong operational focus.

Her niche is working with managers to develop their people skills including coaching them through complex issues, together with a practical and commercial approach to all areas of the HR provision.

Delivering a consultancy service in HR, Nicola works with SME’s in her local area, usually directly with the Owner and leadership team in the organisation.

Nicola keeps up-to- date in the HR field by lecturing at the University of Plymouth Business School in the following areas:  Strategic HR Management,  Talent Management,   Organisational Behaviour,  Managing Change,  Leadership Practice,  Entrepreneurial Thought and Action and  People Management.

This duel approach helps to provide a balance of both practical and theoretical knowledge when dealing with students or Managing Directors alike!