Perspective on Women Leadership: The Female Advantage, by Sally Helgensen

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The reading assignment for this unit included reading several articles and one book in particular, The Female Advantage, by Sally Helgesen as an introduction into varying leadership styles. Leadership, as a honed craft is practiced continually in different ways and varying circumstances, no two individuals will have the same leadership style. Certain distinctive traits brought into the forum and on display for followers to observe. Some traits can be visible, clothing or skin color as examples, others, however, are not as visible such as upbringing or family situation. Each of these factors could play a role in the leadership style of a leader. One trait that the author of the book uses to distinguish leaders is gender. As much as men and …show more content…
In general, men tend to be more brash and to the point. However, this does not mean they do not display these principles, the principles displayed but in different ways. In my squadron, for example, some male pilots tend to be exceedingly straightforward and upfront, which to some could come off as being rude or overbearing, but in all reality, this is showing that they care.

Of the four women in my squadron, myself and another woman of we as a general policy stick together, especially through difficult situations. In the military, women, regardless of rank, are more likely to take a junior under their wing and “show them the ropes” more so than what I have seen men do. With the military is a structure akin to a hierarchy or better known as "chain of command." Therefore, mentorship is one way women are able to gain exposure, advice and general guidance from fellow female officers on specific topics (promotion, childrearing, marriage). Many times this mentorship takes on a “web of inclusion” approach vice a typical top down rank structure of active duty forces with a more senior, more experienced female officer leading the group from the center of the web, but that is not always the case. Being in the center allows for better communication flow of information and ideas vice a top down approach where information flows all the way up, then all the way down, which is much more cumbersome.

Different situations call for different responses from leaders. In the

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