Great leadership is gender neutral.

by Mary Marshall, CEO Coach

There is a lot written today about which gender makes a better leader and depending upon the perspective, there are varying opinions. Recently, there was also an article in Fast Company about how women leaders were reviewed more harshly for “personality” or “emotional” characteristics, while men were praised for the same traits. If a woman leader gets emotional and yells at subordinates, she is immediately labeled negatively. A male leader can do the same thing and likely as not he will be called forceful or within his rights as the boss.

So there is still a double standard, which should not come as a huge surprise simply because there are still significantly more male leaders than there are female. However, at the end of the day, it’s changing and that’s a good thing. And even more importantly, I don’t think you can label men or women as better leaders. Leadership is individual and made up of many characteristics and gender can help or hurt, depending upon the individual.

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