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1 Familiar or Different? Gendered Aspects of Leadership in Times of Economic Crisis Becky Havens, Ph.D. Professor of Economics Ruth Toews Heinrichs, D.P.A. Director of Institutional Effectiveness Point Loma Nazarene University CBFA Conference, Making the Familiar Different June 30, 2011

2 Motivating Questions Are senior leadership styles gendered? What are female leadership distinctives? Do women have unique leadership qualities well- suited for times of crisis? How does female leadership impact company performance? How will familiar obstacles of the past give way to the different needs of the future? What impact can Christian business faculty have on students, and ultimately on organizations, to make the familiar different?

3 Background Perfect storm in higher education Recent economic crisis Significant economic structural change Women are over half of the American workforce, arguably the biggest social change of our time (lead story, first issue of The Economist in 2010)

4 A Perfect Storm in Higher Education Cutbacks, layoffs, wage freezes, reducing operating budgets, building cash reserves Crisis of trust, fear and uncertainty What do we need from our leaders? Frequent communications Honest explanations Credibility and clarity Rebuilding trust

5 We wont be able to rebuild trust in institutions until leaders learn how to communicate honestly and create organizations where thats the norm. Guidelines for building a culture of candor are tell the truth, tell truth to power, diversify sources of information, admit mistakes, encourage transparency, and share information. James OToole and Warren Bennis. Whats Needed Next: A Culture of Candor. Harvard Business Review (June 2009): What is Needed in Crisis?

6 Female Leadership Distinctives Female Leadership TendenciesMale Leadership Tendencies Transformational, people-orientedTransactional, task-oriented Gain power from relationshipsGain power from position Interactive styleHierarchical style Participatory styleCommand and control style Collaborative, developersCompetitive, knock out competition InclusiveAuthoritarian Lead from the centerLead from the top Build web-structured organizationsBuild vertical, top-down organizations Use human relationship to do businessUse goal-oriented planning to do business Share informationControl information Care about both means and endsCare about ends vs. means Work is cyclical, never-endingWork has a beginning and an end Enjoy the journey, process-orientedEnjoy the completion, seek closure

7 Female Leadership Joanna Barsh, Susie Cranston and Geoffrey Lewis. How Remarkable Women Lead: The Breakthrough Model for Work and Life. New York: Crown, McKinsey & Company, Framing Self-awareness Learned optimism Moving on Adaptability Connecting Inclusiveness Reciprocity Network design Sponsorship Engaging Voice Ownership Opportunities, risks & fears Energizing Sources & uses Recovery Flow Meaning Happiness Core strengths Purpose Preconditions: Talent Desire to lead Tolerance for change Outcomes: Impact Renewal Joy Five Dimensions of Centered Leadership

8 Women: Living Whole Live holistically Value emotional, spiritual and physical well-being Treat work and home/family as non- compartmentalized Connect deeply to work itself and colleagues Own their own journeys Respond as optimists in face of challenges Survive even through painful setbacks

9 Womens Leadership in Crisis Rosener says, The womens success shows that a nontraditional leadership style is well suited to the conditions of some work environments and can increase an organizations chances of surviving in an uncertain world. In How to Be a Good Boss in Bad Times, Stern concludes that women managers do have an advantage in bad times More collaborative and compassionate – better at delivering bad news Better skilled at building emotional ties and fostering a feeling that were all in this together Acknowledge the human component of layoffs – its not just business Better at inciting trust in the employees who remain Judy B. Rosener. Ways Women Lead: The command-and-control leadership style associated with men is not the only way to succeed. Harvard Business Review (Nov-Dec 1990):

10 Performance: Gender Matters Gender diversity is a driver of corporate performance Companies with three or more women in senior management on their leadership team score higher on organizational excellence criteria Companies with a higher proportion of women on their senior management teams have a statistically significantly higher financial performance Women Matter, McKinsey, 2007.

11 Gendered Leadership Behaviors Women Use More Frequently Men Use More Frequently Men and Women Use the Same People developmentControl and corrective action Intellectual stimulation Expectations and rewards Individualistic decision making Effective communication Role model Inspiration Participative decision making Nine Leadership Behaviors (Avolio & Bass) Displayed More Frequently by Gender Women Matter 2. McKinsey, 2008

12 Matching Leadership Behaviors and Corporate Performance Womens Behaviors Reinforce Mens Behaviors Reinforce Men and Women Reinforce the Same Work environment and values Coordination and control Innovation AccountabilityExternal orientation Leadership team Direction Motivation Corporate Performance Drivers Reinforced by Leadership Behaviors, by Gender Women Matter 2. McKinsey, 2008

13 Women Bring It The study shows that women can help fill the leadership needs of the future. Women Matter 2. McKinsey, Top Three Long-term Business Trends Identified by 1000 Global Business Executives Four Leadership Behaviors Needed for the Future Which Gender Displays More Frequently Faster pace of technological innovation Intellectual stimulation Both equally Increasing availability of knowledge and ability to exploit it InspirationWomen Competition for talent will intensify and become more global Participative decision making Women Expectations and rewards Women

14 Mobility…or glass ceilings? Women hit a glass ceiling, while men have a glass escalator Womens double burden (family/work) is irreconcilable with male-centric corporate models Anytime, anywhere – work 24/7 Linear career path – no breaks Geographic mobility – unlimited moves Women are less assertive and self-promoting Women are more likely to be childless Women dont identify with success and opt-out

15 Opportunities…or glass cliffs? Many women get their big break in crisis times Times of crisis create opportunities for new leaders to prove themselves More women are appointed to senior leadership in failing organizations: glass cliff appointments Womens leadership qualities are perceived as more suitable for placement in organizational units in crisis Concern: women are being promoted onto glass cliffs, with formidable hurdles and increased risk of failure, before they can advance up the ladder of leadership to the top positions

16 Womenomics & Economic Realities Women: the new American workforce majority Globalization: increasing income inequality Family composition: female-headed households Divorce & economic status, ownership of assets Gender wage gap: 23 cents 41% unexplained, accumulates over time Motherhood: discrimination in the labor market Interruptions in job mobility, $1 million mommy tax Single biggest factor in poverty of elderly women Societys attitudes: caring labor isnt really work Women who care for children and elderly are not working Women should be happily self-sacrificing by choice

17 Womens Economic Contributions Two incomes are required for an American family to earn a modest living Only families with working wives have experienced inflation-adjusted family income growth Working wives contribute 42.2% of family earnings 4/10 women are primary breadwinners 1/4 women are co-breadwinners (25% earnings) Female unemployment rates are below male rates Women make up 66% of the workers in 10/15 job categories likely to grow fastest Changing economic structure toward skill-based v. muscle-based jobs (where women can compete)

18 Building Leadership Diversity Leadership: must be from the top Conduct regular meetings for top management to hear issues from womens perspective Organizational Structures: flex time, career breaks Strategic Use of Data: gender diversity indicators Proportion of women at each level of management Pay levels among men and women in similar functions Attrition rates among men and women in similar functions Ratio of women promoted to women eligible People Development: set up mentoring program Women Matter. McKinsey, 2007.

19 Making the Familiar Different The notion that things work better and human beings become their best selves when men and women work together is found on page one of the Bible. (James) Following the attack on the blessed partnership in Genesis, God sent Jesus to restore oneness. So whether we are talking about business, banking, politics, ministry, home, or any other human sphere, the Blessed Alliance is still the best way to get the job done. (James) Carolyn Custis James, The Blessed Alliance. OutcomesONLINE, Christian Leadership Alliance, March 7, 2011.

20 Implications for Christian Business Faculty How will we apply these concepts to higher education? Leadership diversity is critically important for higher education to navigate through the economic crisis and prepare for challenges ahead. What is one thing that could be done at your institution? What can be done in your school of business?

21 Use adversity to give your life purpose and mission. Turn your adversity into advantage and opportunity. Eunice Kennedy Shriver Turning Adversity into Advantage

22 Hope Does Not Disappoint …suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not disappoint… Romans 5:1-5 (excerpt)

23 Becky Havens Ruth Heinrichs Thank You


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