A study of 45 highly successful women executives who had reached senior leadership positions in their organizations (from large, mostly Fortune 500 companies) debunks the myths that ‘men make better leaders’ and ‘women should lead like men.’

Women managers and executives, while embracing masculine leadership behavior, should not ignore their feminine leadership styles. Furthermore, male managers and executives would do well to include the more feminine leadership styles into their repertoires. Key findings:

  • Outstanding women executives were twice as likely to use feminine styles as were the men
  • These women also frequently used masculine leadership styles (directive, authoritative and pace setting)
  • Average or typical women executives relied predominantly on masculine leadership styles and created the weakest climates of all three groups.

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