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