Feeling the glass ceiling
Initiative: In a study by Harvard Business Review, women in management were rated 11.6 percentile points above their male peers at taking initiative in the workplace. Indra Nooyi, CEO of PepsiCo., forged ahead with a plan to focus on more nutritious drinks despite criticism. It’s a risk that could turn a $10 billion dollar business into $30 billion dollars in just 10 years.
Emotional Intelligence: Daniel Goleman, author of “The Brain and Emotional Intelligence: New Insights,” states that truly effective leadership is distinguished by a high degree of emotional intelligence. And according to Goleman women on average outdo men when it comes to sensing a person’s feelings in the moment. Meg Whitman, former CEO of ebay and current CEO of HP was featured in Psychology Today for leading with emotional intelligence. Under her eight year reign, ebay was the fastest growing company in history. In her book The Power of Many, she writes: “I believe that being willing and able to actively listen is a vital skill for any leader. Not only is listening the right thing to, an antidote to arrogance, it also leads to all sorts of competitive advantages.”
Slideshow image by Mays Business School.