WHAT'S DIFFERENT ABOUT BEING A WOMAN CEO?
IT'S NOT SO DIFFERENT
There has been some argument over whether or not being a female CEO is somehow harder than being a male. When people ask the questions like, how is it to be CEO, they aren’t really asking how it is to be CEO but how is it being a girl and being CEO. And the response they want to hear is all about the difficulties of being a female CEO. Although that’s what people want to read and hear, it’s not exactly the issue it should be.
No doubt there are some bad things about being a female CEO. For example, when you’re a woman, you have to work a little harder to get credibility and have people actually listen to you; sometimes it might increase the ability to recruit developers and get them to trust you; and more than likely you will end up going to a meetings where the other person is more interested in you as a person than in your product.
On the other hand, there are some pretty good advantages. Some of the time it may be easier to get press coverage, and sales are increased in time. Most people will normally be more open on helping out.
While some people think otherwise, the pros and cons are only small details and they don’t make or break a company. The hard part for anyone regardless of gender is to ship a product people will love, meet goals and make money. What you really need to know is, it’s tough being a CEO, period. Every person has their own strengths and weaknesses, and we should all try to work with what we’ve got. And women need to be aware of not overusing the “woman” card because it can backfire. You want people to think of you just as the CEO not the “female CEO.”
A CHANCE FOR WOMEN TO TALK ABOUT THEIR LIVES AS CEO'S
The amount of women that actually have a job as a CEO is about 5%. And I would like to think that most people believe that number should be higher. There is a lot of controversy out there on why we’re in this situation and how to make it better. The whole “We should have more executive women because they bring femininity, joy, warmth, etc.” rhetoric is boring. Not only is it unentertaining, it’s sexist and wrong. Female CEO's are needed because women are just as valuable as men, and great companies are built from talented workers.
Pointing out differences between decision-making men and women over and over again is not going to change anything. We don’t ask famous female singers “How is it to be a woman singer?” Both men and women are famous for their outstanding voices. If we want the seriousness of empowering women to become CEO's or get top management jobs to increase, the starting point is for potential women CEO's to be inspired by other women. What women need are more role models and people to look up to. We need to start making an emphasis on the success of women CEO's instead of the fact that a woman is CEO.
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