It is a sad state when the difference in gender is justification for lower pay, lower responsibilities, and lower prowess. What is sadder still is these differences simply do not exist outside of the mind of the discriminator.
Respectful disagreement and dialogue will often generate bigger and better ideas and solutions. Passionate debate must exist in an organization if it is to grow and thrive. Is this dynamic difficult for women to embrace?
W.C. Fields once said, “It ain’t what they call you, it’s what you answer to.” It may be bad form to quote this misanthrope for a posting on the Women of HR but there are lessons to be learned from everybody.
Are there gender differences in leadership? Probably the most noticeable differences in styles would be in the area of communication. Generally, female leaders are more accessible and open in their approach than their male counterparts yet regardless of gender, personal experiences and perspectives shape leadership styles.