Dealing with Perception Vs. Reality: Can Women be Leaders?

The increasing demand for diverse leaders at all levels of an organization has given a new focus to the question whether women can lead effectively. The myths of the past regarding women’s effectiveness as leaders have been discarded; as evidence shows that today more than ever women are succeeding. Although there are still many challenges and territory to gain, women have proven to have “opened the door” of traditionally male dominated fields.

Discussion Questions

  1. Why is there still the perception in the workplace that women can’t lead? Can women lead as well as men?
  2. How can women work as themselves without changing their individual work ethic in a predominantly male work environment?
  3. What are the particular leadership skills that women may bring, that dismiss the can or can’t lead question?

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