the UK's Lord Davies Review had recommended that FTSE listed companies endeavour to have 25% women on their boards by 2015, i.e. twice the present number. I stated that I thought that this was excellent because it would reduce the danger of group think. Also, I pointed out that research1 shows that women tend to be more transformational in their leadership style and men more transactional. I expressed a view that the present economic climate will require many businesses to reinvent their business models. They will then need to engage their workforces in understanding their new business models and in the strategic delivery of them, i.e. they will need to lead transformationally.
1Gloria Moss’s research on leadership (2010) has shown that there is no single concept of leadership and that people from different nationalities and genders conceive of leadership excellence in different ways.
2 Rosabeth Moss Kanter was an early researcher in demonstrating that because most organisations had evolved with men in power they had adopted masculine ethics and behaviours. These later became known as ‘masculine scripts’ (Men and women of the corporation. RM Kanter, New York: Basic Books, 1977)
3 The Impact of Gender on Leadership, Glowinkowski International, 2010
4 The Innovative Potential of Men and Women in Teams, Gratton, 2007
Dr Ian Dodds, firstname.lastname@example.org, 1 June 2011