Work Life Balance-Women Style

While reading Time magazine's series on the future of work, I was intrigued to find an excerpt entitled, "Women Will Rule Business." The article gave several reasons why women's style of leadership is a more efficient model of getting things done. They included:

  • Research group Catalyst studied 353 of the Fortune 500 companies and found that those organizations with the most women in senior management had a higher return on equities-by a third.
  • Women in leadership tend to focus on the long term and less on the thrill of "risk."
  • Women are consensus builders and use a transformational leadership style that is better suited for the coming, less hierarchical workplace.
  • Women's natural sense of emotional intelligence is an increasing necessity in the workplace.

The article also had some rather unkind things to say about traditional "work-life balance models." Instead, it read, it might make more sense to look at the female model of "getting things done" in business.

The most powerful statement came late in the article when it indicated that a study of women's leadership style showed more emphasis on results-not time in the office.So, the next time you are struggling with how to get your most important things done, it might be a good idea to observe the habits of the women around you are "getting their most important things done."

Jones Loflin