Having surveyed 64,000 people in 13 countries John Gerzema and Michael D’Antonio travelled the world to uncover stroies of women and men who lead organisations using skills nad values commonly associated with women.
Here are their 10 key findings for effective leaders:
- Vulnerability is strength – there would be more progress if we were better at admitting what we don’t know in the first place.
- Defy hubris – there is much to be learned from others.
- Be approachable – develop a culture of openness.
- Take action – display goals and values on an individual level.
- Recognise the talents of others – observe talent and acknowledge it.
- Know that winning is plural – defer credit to the team, reinforce positive behaviour and empower others to succeed again.
- Enourage peer accountability – it’s more effective than increases in salary, commissions or other incentives.
- The importance of good culture – both internally and externally, leverage strengths and stay committed to them.
- Break down corporate silos – encourage collaboration and collective spirit.
- The importance of meaning, not mass – stay true to your roots and close to your people.
(Source: Squaremile magazine, March 2014)
Read more in Gerzema & D’Antonio’s book: The Athena Doctrine,