Women Are Better Leaders –DeWeseApril 2011
International Women's Day (IWD), held March 8, 2011, celebrated 100 years of achievements made by women.
That same week, Newsweek magazine honored 150 women worldwide for their accomplishments in economics, politics, government, healthcare, education, arts, athletics and religion. But, not one female was honored for her accomplishments in management or sales.
IWD was celebrated worldwide. England staged 469 events. Canada trailed with 266 events and Australia held 260 events honoring women. The U.S. managed to orchestrate 269 events, even though our population exceeds the other English speaking countries 307,006,550 to 117,452,954, or a whopping difference of 190,553,590 people.
If my feeble math is correct, we should have held 693 events honoring U.S. women, who are also our mothers, sisters, grandmothers, educators, doctors, nurses, scientists, police officers, and my list could go on and on.
Way back in November of 1984, in this very column, I wrote that we needed more female executives and salespeople in the printing industry. Many women called to thank me for dedicating a column to the accomplishments, talents and promise that females bring to our industry.
With a wry smile I note that my 1984 column had a profound effect on the upward mobility of women during a nearly 27-year span. Among the Printing Impressions ranking of the 400 largest printers, we now have 11 female printing company CEOs vs. six way back when I typed these columns on an Apple IIc desktop computer.
That means only 2.75 percent of our largest companies have entrusted the top spot to a woman. Way to go men! You are keeping women in the kitchen, the maternity ward, the customer service department and back in the bindery.
I firmly believe that if we had parity among the genders in the U.S. Congress, this country would be better off by far. Women wouldn't vote along party lines; they might vote along gender lines.
Stronger Problem Solvers
Women are much better communicators. They are terrific negotiators. That has been proven by the Harvard Negotiating Project in its long-term studies. My assertion, in 1984, was that females are better at conflict resolution and have greater potential to be much better printing industry salespeople.
Oh, integrity...did I forget integrity? Yes, I did. But then, you must remember I am a male. We learned to lie at an early age for purposes of persuading women to join us in amorous adventures.