Female Leadership in global organizations: challenges and perspectives

According to a study, women leaders promote greater inclusion and favor the construction of egalitarian and productive organizational environments

The presence of women in leadership positions has grown in recent decades, reflecting significant progress in conquering spaces previously dominated mainly by men. However, despite the progress observed, gender parity is still far from being achieved in these prominent positions. In this context, an academic study conducted by Talita de Jesus Correia, master in International Business from MUST University, with guidance from professor Andressa Schaurich dos Santos, shed light on female leadership within global organizations.

The research, of a qualitative and descriptive nature, sought to understand the characteristics associated with the leadership of women in senior positions in global organizations. For this, interviews were carried out and a bibliographic review was used to construct the theoretical framework.

The results revealed a number of distinctive aspects of female leadership. In contrast to the stereotype traditionally associated with male leadership, characterized by being more autocratic, female leadership tends to be democratic and collaborative. Women leaders encourage participation, share power and information, and promote a work environment where self-esteem is valued and teams are encouraged to find creative solutions to complex challenges.

Several characteristics are recurrently attributed to female leadership, including flexibility, multitasking ability, global vision, effective communication, valuing the individual and decentralization of power. Furthermore, women leaders tend to take fewer risks, preferring collaborative and inclusive approaches to decision-making.

However, despite these positive characteristics, women in leadership roles face a number of challenges. Among the obstacles highlighted are the disproportionate demands imposed on them, both by society and companies. Women are often held to more rigorous standards than men to achieve leadership roles, facing distrust, gender discrimination and harmful stereotypes.

Motherhood is also cited as a significant barrier, with women often being undervalued or excluded from leadership opportunities due to concerns about maternity leave and other family responsibilities. Furthermore, work overload, resulting from the double or triple shifts faced by many women, can make it difficult for them to rise to and remain in leadership positions.

Analysis of the results also highlights the importance of recognizing and combating ageism, as well as gender stereotypes that limit leadership opportunities for women. The 2021 Mckinsey & Company report finds that women leaders face unique obstacles in their careers and are often overworked and underrecognized.

Despite the challenges, it is crucial to recognize the positive impacts of female leadership in organizations and society as a whole. Women leaders bring benefits such as increased competitiveness, better crisis management and greater inclusion, contributing to the construction of more egalitarian and productive organizational environments.

In summary, the study on female leadership in global organizations highlights the need to promote gender equality and combat the obstacles that prevent women from reaching their full leadership potential. Expanding female representation in prominent positions not only benefits women themselves, but also strengthens organizations and society as a whole.

To read the full study, visit MUST Reviews, volume IX, starting on page 278.

About the authors:

Talita de Jesus Correia 

Master in International Business (MUST University), specialist in Constitutional Law (Estacio), Criminal Law and Procedure (UCAM), State Law (UCAM), Applied International Law (UNA), Human Rights (UniAmérica) and Compliance and Corporate Governance ( UniFTC), bachelor’s degree in Political Sciences (Braz Cubas) and bachelor’s degree in Law (Mackenzie). Attorney.

Andressa Schaurich dos Santos

PhD in Administration (Federal University of Santa Maria/UFSM, Santa Maria, RS, Brazil), Master in Administration (UFSM), Specialist in Public Health Organization Management (UFSM) and Bachelor in Administration (UFSM). Administrator. Professor at the Federal Institute of Education, Science and Technology of Rio Grande do Sul – Farroupilha Campus. Capstone Advisor at Must University.

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