It’s not just a man’s world

Oftentimes women are overlooked in the highest roles of leadership. Like their peers, they are capable of brining new and innovative ideas to their fields.

Oftentimes women are overlooked in the highest roles of leadership. Like their peers, they are capable of brining new and innovative ideas to their fields.

Rachel Weathers, Memorial Contributing Writer

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We have all heard the phrase “it’s a man’s world,” but is it really? Many often attribute strong leadership qualities with masculinity, but what makes an efficient leader isn’t determined by gender. Instead, it’s determined by certain qualities that one possesses. Women are frequently overlooked when it comes to the range of leadership roles – and that needs to change.

  Often these preconceived notions of someone being better suited for administrative roles come from societal stereotypes that have been in place for numerous years. Although people have varying approaches to leading others, there’s a common idea that men are assertive and opinionated while their female counterparts are emotional and weak, when placed in a role of authority or guidance.

 These unconscious biases have caused leadership positions to be less accessible to women, even if they hold the same qualifications as their male peers. There’s no clear reason behind the assumption that males make for better leaders. 

Due to how women can be perceived in their industries, their efforts can be viewed differently than men. 

No matter how effective their strategies or decisions are, there are often others that believe they were too ambitious or unattainable. This is often seen in the business world. While it’s acceptable to start conversations about what could be done differently, someone’s efforts should not be discredited on the basis of gender. 

 Consequently, there is no shortage of qualified women in the corporate world, but a shortage of employers who will hire a qualified woman, causing the most significant amount of underrepresentation in the highest levels of their respective industries. 

According to the American Association of University Women (AAUW.org), as the hierarchy of leadership positions increases, fewer women are placed in the highest roles. This isn’t because of a lack of interest; oftentimes women go for the highest positions and are denied. However, they are top performers in their existing positions. If they do reach top leadership positions, they often have a more challenging time earning the respect of their peers. 

Although women often face challenges in leadership, they can be a key component to the development of their fields. 

Placing more women in charge of companies and corporations could cause a decrease in the pay gap between men and women. It’s common for women to fall behind in terms of wages because they often don’t receive promotions to the highest level of their fields. If they were to receive higher wages, women could gain equal opportunities. Improving gender equality in the workforce could benefit everyone involved by incorporating more voices and opinions into decision making. 

More people sharing their views on a matter can create further innovations in a certain field and help problem-solve by bringing new and differing perspectives into the world of leadership. Changing the world’s perspective of who leaders are by showcasing women in top leadership positions could inspire the next generation. This has the potential to show many, especially young girls, that they are capable of being leaders and achieving goals in the workforce and fields that many have seen to be male-dominated. 

In recent years, female leadership has been increasing. For instance, the 2018 elections brought a record-breaking number of women into public office as 125 women were elected into Congress. This could be a look into the future where the gender gap in leadership roles is less prominent. 

It takes someone who has a strong work ethic, the proper attitude and the abilities to become an equipped leader. People with these qualities likely want to see changes being made around them, they are usually the best fit to see to it that changes are being made. Above all else, the certain qualities one has should be of the utmost importance when deciding who should be placed in a role of leadership, not gender. 

 

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