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Do Women Make Better Leaders?

In Culture, Leadership, the World, Uncategorized on 12/06/2012 at 09:48

Mercedes Rosalba Aráoz Fernández

Former Finance Minister of Peru Mercedes Fernández has observed that women leaders, herself included, tend to collaborate more openly and distribute power more liberally than males do. The not-very-surprising result, she says, is a more contented workforce or constituency, and better outcomes.

What’s the Big Idea? 

While over 70 percent of women in the United States work outside of the home, compared with 36 percent in Brazil, and while US women marry, on average, a decade older than women in Latin America, the United States has never had a female president. Latin American countries, by contrast, have had five, beginning with Eva ‘Evita’ Peron in 1974. What’s going on here?

Mercedes Rosalba Aráoz Fernández is a Peruvian economist, professor, and politician, who served as who has served as Peru’s minister of Foreign Commerce and Tourism, and as its Finance minister. In her opinion, there’s a widespread belief among corruption-weary Latin Americans that women leaders are less corruptible than their male counterparts. Of course, says Fernández – and as any good student of Evita knows – this isn’t always the case.

But Fernández has observed that women leaders, herself included, tend to collaborate more openly and distribute power more liberally than males do. The not-very-surprising result, she says, is a more contented workforce or constituency, and better outcomes.

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