Why Women Are Excellent Leaders

We realize the growing presence of women leaders in our world. Here are 15 reasons why women make excellent leaders.

A 2015 study by Women in the Workplace found that, for every 100 women promoted to leadership positions, 130 men were also promoted. However, that was 4 years ago. Trends are slowly shifting in employing women leaders. Complied by Business News Daily, here are the top 15 reasons women make exceptional leaders.

"I learned to always take on things I'd never done before. Growth and comfort do not coexist." - Gina Rometty, Chairman, President & CEO, IBM

1. They Value Work-Life Balance

"While men tend to be more career-centric and want to maximize their financial return from work, women view work more holistically, as a component of their overall life plan," commented Emily He (CMO at DoubleDutch). "Therefore, they're more likely to approach their careers in a self-reflective way and value factors such as meaning, purpose, connection with coworkers, and work-life integration."

2. They are empathetic

"Most women are naturally empathetic and value relationships. This enables them to have a strong understanding of what drives and motivates people, and how to acknowledge different people for their performance." ... Anna Crowe, CEO and Founder, Crowe PR

3. They make great listeners

"Women make great leaders because we take the time to listen instead of reacting right away." ... Jo Hausman, career and leadership coach and author

4. They nurture & encourage personal growth and development

"One of the key aspects of leadership is the ability to help your team members develop their own skills and strengths. Women are naturally nurturing, which in the best scenarios can translate to helping those around you succeed." ... Marilyn Heywood Paige, Vice President of Marketing, FiG Advertising

5. They focus on teamwork

"I've observed women make bold and wise decisions as leaders while relying on others to be a part of their team. The environment is less authoritarian and more cooperative and family-like, but with solid leadership." ... Katharine M. Nohr, Principal, Nohr Sports Risk Management

6. They're good at multi-tasking

Women have a natural "ability to decisively and quickly respond to simultaneous and different tasks or problems at a time,"which is "a critical component to successful leadership."... Carolann Tutera, President, SottoPelle

7. They're motivated by challenges

"We are creative problem solvers, motivated by obstacles. The desire to overcome a challenge fuels us to get things accomplished. Leaders don't take 'no' for an answer." ... Jackie Zlatanovski, Founder, Flik Flops

8. They're strong communicators

"Communication is said to be among a woman's strongest skill -- all female leaders know how to use it! Whether communicating with employees, coworkers, or partners, an open communication stream allows for clarity in executing roles and responsibilities. Female business leaders are able to communicate regularly, clearly, and openly." ... Tina Bacon-DeFrece, President, Big Frog

9. They dream big

"Women make great leaders because they have an innate ability to dream big, challenge assumptions, and inspire teams -- and they know how to translate big ideas into concrete action and results." ... Angela Dejene, Executive Vice President, Crosswind Media & Public Relations

10. They handle crisis situations well

"Many women are trained caretakers and know how to deal with crisis situations at home with compassion and patience. These attributes become very relevant when a woman leader is dealing with crisis situations whether this is related to HR or clients." ... Human Gruaz, President & CEO, Alpaytac PR

11. They check their egos

"Ego so often gets in the way of good decision-making in the C-suite. Women exhibit ego differently and they are good at decision-making with the ego held in check. This is a key advantage in working with boards of directors, partners, and customers." ... Joan Wrabetz, CTO, Quali

12. They have high emotional intelligence

"Emotional intelligence -- the ability to recognize emotions in yourself and others and relate -- is something that has recently gained momentum as an essential leadership behavior. I believe this is something that comes more naturally to women than men, and is something that I've personally encountered in my career. To truly create a great place to work and to get the best of our employees, demonstrating emotional intelligence as a leader is critical." ... Lakshmi Raj, co-Founder and co-CEO, Replicon

13. They're flexible

"Women make great leaders because we are flexible and agile. We can see the direction we thought we should take our company in isn't working and we regroup and change course for the better without much deliberation." ... Danita Harris, CEO, Rated M

14. They defy the odds

" Women make great leaders because the odds are against us to lead. When you're the underdog, it takes an extra push to get to the top. That's why the women who emerge on top are extraordinarily strong and capable. We had to fight to get there!"... Sarah Attman, Principal, Sarah Rose Public Relations

15. They make their jobs look effortless

"I believe women make phenomenal leaders because they are experts at making the impossible seem possible. And sometimes, on a good day, they even make it look effortless. Women are pragmatic, resilient, and usually able to maneuver tricky situations with grace. Their perspectives are borne out of a mix of trial by fire and sheer fortitude. They look at the world with bravery and are able to piece together the world around them like a complex puzzle." ... Jody Clower, Founder and CEO, Nestiny

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