August is women’s month in our part of the world. Internationally Women’s Day is celebrated on the 8th of March, we celebrate women on the 9th of August. We have decided to have a look at women in leadership to add to this important celebration. Currently we have an unprecedented number of women in leadership positions around the world. The democratic party in the USA have just nominated their first female candidate to run for the presidency. Hillary Clinton, if she’s elected, will join an illustrious group of women who are in positions of power around the world. From the United States’ democratic party (Hillary Clinton) to the United Kingdom (Theresa May), Germany (Angela Merkel) and Scotland (Nicola Sturgeon), women have been steadily rising to positions of power. IBM (Ginni Rometty), PepsiCo (Indra Nooyi), South Korea (Park Geun-hye) and the IMF (Christine Lagarde) have all seen female leadership for the first time in recent years.
Women in power, of course, is not something new. Think Cleopatra, Joan of Arc, Indira Gandhi and Margaret Thatcher, but (probably) for the first time there have been that many females in a traditionally male dominated arena all at the same time. This probably reflects the state of the world we are living in at the moment where stereotypically female characteristics such as cooperation and harmony is valued more than stereotypically male charactistics, such as competition.
As a disclaimer, we’re not saying women cannot be competitive and men cannot cooperate, but these characteristics are traditionally associated with women and men.
Back to the point, these behavioural styles and characteristics displayed by these women have probably facilitated their rise to power and will potentially be the backbone of their sustained success.
So to all the women on Women’s Month we salute you.