More Holistic Thinking?
It's not so important whether the people in charge are men or women. What matters, above all, is that they have the qualities of leadership. When you have a strong, capable leader at the head of an organization - say, Golda Meir or Bill Gates or Indra Nooyi of Pepsico - gender isn't an issue.
It is generally acknowledged, however, that most women look at issues in a more holistic, big-picture way than most men do. So, it's not unreasonable to make the case that women managers might have handled the Wall Street meltdown in a different, more effective way. Before all those questionable financial practices got too far, women executives might have been able to look at the big picture and raise some key questions. For example: What would be the consequences of these practices? How would they affect different constituencies?
Still, when it comes to leadership, I believe we shouldn't think in terms of men vs. women. The focus should be on having the best minds, and that means women AND men.
Posted by: AnnePerschel | March 9, 2009 11:23 PM
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