Too often management leaders take their inspiration from stuffy old men and other stereotypical sources. There certainly is wisdom to be found in the quotes and writings of great male authority figures, but the advice therein is all of the same sort. When you include women, however, the picture widens – you get a broader perspective. Throughout history, the female experience has been quite different from that of the male. It would then stand to reason that women leaders have powerful insights to share that are not often heard.
Women are and will continue to be a growing part of management professions. As more women complete higher education degrees and enter traditionally male fields of work society will have to catch up, hopefully sooner rather than later. Already there have been notable women to look to for inspiration.
Here are some great examples of management advice from some of the most influential women of all time:
Christine Lagarde – Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund
“To me, leadership is about encouraging people. It’s about stimulating them. It’s about enabling them to achieve what they can achieve – and to do that with a purpose.”
Some managers try to lead like military commanders – they point in one direction and expect everyone to follow. It certain situations that might work, but on a day-to-day basis it can quickly get tiresome. Talent is difficult to grow when you only tell it what to do. On the other hand, using an encouraging demeanor can work wonders. After the task has been defined, you don’t necessarily need to explain how to accomplish it. Instead, let others do it their own way. They’ll be happier to do so, and they may even find easier ways of accomplishing the task.