Why is this and why does it matter? To answer these questions we need to know more about women’s leadership styles and the barriers that prevent women achieving their full potential. A survey run by the Health Service Journal and The King’s Fund has elicited some interesting insights which resonate with much of what we hear when working with public sector leaders. They particularly echo the experiences and views of the participants on our executive women’s leadership development programme, Athena.
When asked whether men and women lead differently, respondents most commonly highlighted that women had a more collaborative, inclusive, empathetic and/or understanding style than men. Such qualities are well aligned with the open and honest culture advocated in the Francis Report. But are they the sole territory of women? Don’t men exhibit these characteristics too?
And do all women behave in this way? A minority