Women Make Better Leaders Than Men

“In my experience, women make much better executives than men.”
Kip Tindell author of “UNCONTAINABLE” and CEO of The Container Store®.


4 areas women are better:

  1. Communication.
  2. Listening.
  3. Collaboration.
  4. Teamwork.


Kip in his own words (1:05): 

7 more areas women are better:

  1. Taking initiative.
  2. Self-development.
  3. Integrity.
  4. Drive.
  5. Developing others.
  6. Inspiring.
  7. Building relationships.

“… women are rated higher in fully 12 of the 16 competencies that go into outstanding leadership. And two of the traits where women outscored men to the highest degree — taking initiative and driving for results — have long been thought of as particularly male strengths.” HBR

Hire for gender:

It’s illegal to discriminate based on gender. But, organizations that value collaboration, communication, and teamwork should – if the research is accurate and a pool of qualified candidates is available – be hiring more women.

Tindell believes leadership is communication. It makes sense that almost 70% of their workforce is female and 17 of their top 21 positions are filled by female leaders.

Gender difference:

The homogenization of genders diminishes, degrades, and devalues both genders.

Diversity is illusion when everyone’s the same.

Skill difference:

This post is about skill-sets that women possess in larger degree than men. Skills can be learned. In that sense, there’s hope for all of us.

Don’t disregard an idea because it feels awkward or has exceptions.

How are female leaders better than male leaders?

What feels dangerous about this conversation?


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