We celebrated International Women’s Day on the 8th of March. Social media has been buzzing this week with posts of recognition and celebration and we here at Henka celebrate and thank our female leaders, team members, associates and clients for the amazing contributions you make to our organisation, and we admire the roles you play both personally and professionally.
As organisations move towards achieving greater equality and diversity, a lot of focus and initiatives are placed on women, but we must also recognise that men play an equal role in cultivating diverse and inclusive environments.
At The Henka Institute, we have worked with and coached remarkable male and female leaders who have made a significant impact on their businesses, teams, and companies.
We know that a great leader is not defined by gender but by the behaviours and actions they take.
Our goal is to encourage more women to take up leadership positions, despite the challenges they may face, as they may provide unique perspectives and behavioural elements that can help drive sustainable performance and transformation.
So why do we need more women in leadership positions?
Empathy and Emotional Intelligence
Women leaders tend to have the key strength of being able to empathise and connect with others, due to a natural Emotional Intelligence. This helps them build strong relationships with their team members and handle difficult conversations and conflicts effectively.
Studies show that women are generally natural communicators and achieve positive business results due to their interactive approach. They use open communication to facilitate clarity and power-sharing with stakeholders like employers, co-workers, clients, and partners.
Collaboration and Teamwork
Women's collaborative and team-oriented approach to work fosters a positive and inclusive work environment. Seeking input and feedback from the team leads to better decision-making and more creative solutions.
Adaptability and Flexibility
Women are known for their ability to multi-task, adapt to new situations and to think creatively when faced with challenges. This flexibility can help women leaders navigate uncertain situations and find innovative solutions to problems.
Empowerment and Mentorship
Women leaders generally prioritise empowering and mentoring their teams, investing in their professional development for growth and advancement; leading to a more engaged and motivated workforce and better results for the organisation.
In today’s accelerating, uncertain and ever-changing environment, the need for women leaders is imperative. Empowering women with leadership roles in organisations not only unlocks their untapped potential but also boosts productivity while promoting workplace diversity and inclusion.