In recent times, a new kind of leader is emerging and making headlines. One who is selfless, helpful and puts the concern of others before themselves. The characteristics that are valued in a leader are changing, and it seems that women are better able to embody those traits than men.


According to the Huffington Post, “The Ketchum Leadership Communication Monitor, a survey of over 6,000 respondents across 13 countries examined the link between effective leadership and effective communication. They looked at a range of leadership characteristics and found that women scored highest on the traits that people value most.”


They are careful to say, though, that this does not suggest only women can be good leaders. Men can exhibit the characteristics that people value in a leader as well. However, the classic “macho leader” — that of a “infallible, omnipotent, know-it-all leader” — is outshined by that of a servant leader, or someone who is more concerned with others.


The survey goes on to say that “[f]emale leaders offer transparency, collaboration, genuine dialogue, clear values and the alignment of words and deeds, which are cherished by employees and stakeholders,” according to the Huffington Post. It also indicated that, “leadership communication influences the bottom line with 74 percent who believe it’s very important to great leadership. Yet only 29 percent feel leaders communicate effectively, with a 45-point gap between expectation and delivery.”


Whether you are male or female, there are six characteristics that are invaluable in being a leader: coachability, communication, empathy, vision, and being persuasive as well as a team builder. The most important, however, is communication. While keeping your skills sharp, and keeping your emotional intelligence high are also essential to leadership, you can hardly achieve any of these characteristics without developing your communication skills.


We live in exciting times, where more and more people are able to take charge and become leaders. As we expand our knowledge of what works in the workplace, there are more opportunities for each of us to grow as employees and professionals.


What do you think of this survey? What experiences have you had with male and female leaders? What were things you found that were the same or different? What was your favorite boss like? Let me know in the comment section below or tweet me @kateeb790!