“If you educate a man, you educate an individual, but if you educate a woman, you educate a nation.” This proverb that initially gets its roots in Ghana has become a common cliché in the world. Many people use this cliché to sound politically right, but the message of this proverb goes far beyond political assumptions. This proverb talks about the power of women to be leaders. It shows that when women take a leadership position, it becomes a national or community benefit. The role of women as leaders has for a long time yielded significant benefits to society. Even when women were considered only to be able to take care of families, they ensured that they nurtured their children and husbands and provided the stability of their families.
However, despite the numerous contributions of women leaders in business, critics are still skeptical about the ability of women to offer effective leadership in western societies. Many still believe in the power of men to be better leaders than women. These assumptions remain an issue of debate around the world, and the problem is far from being agreed upon by the society in entirety (Gipson et al., 34). Many organizations and institutions in society still do not agree with the notion of putting women in leadership positions, yet many still feel that a woman’s place in the kitchen. Despite these debates and opinions, the contribution of women leadership in society remains visible in many areas.
Research shows that women can effectively set up businesses; create wealth on their own, and they exhibit excellent leadership skills in companies. Research also shows that organizations that have greater gender diversity experience more success and productivity than ones that are primarily male-oriented (Gipson et al., 37). This study examines the role of women in leadership and how they can effectively inspire their teams in western societies to enhance success in business.
Gipson, Asha N., et al. “Women and leadership: Selection, development, leadership style, and performance.” The Journal of Applied Behavioral Science 53.1 (2017): 32-65.