From the sole responsibility of taking care of the household to leading some of the biggest companies in the world, women have come a long way. However, there is no denying that women still have a long way to go. Women occupy only 3 percent of leadership roles in the Fortune 500 companies.
What is common between Aung Sang Suu Kyi, Oprah Winfrey, Angela Merkel, Indira Gandhi, Queen Elizabeth II and Mother Teresa? These strong, brave women defied the rules around them and made a mark for themselves. They have been an inspiration for many due to their self-belief and determination. So what makes a woman a powerful leader? Which qualities make them stand out and lead those around them successfully? Here are 7 traits that make a successful woman leader.
Leaders are not born differently. It is the experience, which they acquire on their way up the corporate ladder that differentiates them from the rest. The market challenges, organizational management, operational excellence, and business achievements help them grow into an effective leader, while hard work and perseverance form their strength.
The custodians of gender egalitarianism would have certainly found comfort in the rise of Theresa May to the helm of UK polity. It gives hope, if not anything, to the rather scantily-sized club of female heads of government. It should not come as a surprise if gender sensitivity finds its way into the agenda of US voters and results to Hillary Clinton joining the same club; smashing the upper glass ceiling for the first time in US presidential history.