Women aren’t qualified to be in a leadership position. Women are characterized as
unstable, emotional, and are considered humans that cannot make rational decisions.
History has proven this to be false. In chapter fifteen, Hoyt and Simon demonstrate that
women face more opposition in leadership positions and more challenges attaining
leadership positions than men. The chapter attributes these challenges to the leadership
labyrinth which is the intersection of human capital, gender differences, and prejudice.
Are there any differences in the leadership styles employed by male and female leaders?
Although empirical work indicates there are a few gender differences in leadership style
and effectiveness, there is a difference found in leadership styles that can be linked back
There are differences in the leadership styles between male and female leaders.
Some could argue that women make better leaders. Women have demonstrated that their
style of leadership is more effective in contemporary society. For instance, Tisdall makes
some important points about how countries led by “world authoritarian leaders [mostly
male] are grossly mishandling the response to the pandemic [due to their system of
leadership that] lack empathy, abuse civil and women’s rights and are known for their
least effective pandemic performers”. 1 (Tisdall,2020,p.2) In the worst pandemic of our
times, such as COVID-19, Finland, New Zealand, Canada, and Germany's health officials
and leaders were women. These countries had the best distancing measures in place.
However, male leaders are found to lead in a more interpersonally oriented and task-
oriented manner than women. Whereas they tend to believe that their country to be less
exposed than it is and ignore previous outbreaks, and ultimately scramble to take
measures knowing the growth of COVID-19 cases. Some of these male leaders have
demonstrated selfish interests ahead of public lives. Thus, this article seems to enlighten
how women have better leadership styles than their male counterparts. Female leaders are
seen to adopt a more democratic and participative manner than men. Women are proving
to be faring better during the pandemic thanks to their effective handling of the response
to the pandemic. Women being more participative and collaborative in leadership results
in better outcomes suited in contemporary society.
“Women have an alternative way of leading during the COVID-19 pandemic”. 2
(Wittenberg-Cox,2020,p.1) Women compared to men, communicate by emphasizing and
caring towards others. We aren’t used to seeing this compared to the one we have gotten
used to. In this article, truth, decisiveness, technology, and love generates a form of
leadership power all women leaders have to mitigate the impacts of COVID-19. Truth is
being able to tell everyone the facts of what is happening seriously. Decisiveness is being
1 Forster, Victoria. “Women Are Leading Canada’s Public Health Response To The COVID-19 Coronavirus
Outbreak.” Forbes, 14 Apr. 2020, https://www.forbes.com/sites/victoriaforster/2020/04/14/women-are-leading-
2 Wittenbery-Cox, Avivah. “What Do Countries With The Best Coronavirus Responses Have In Common Women
Leaders.” Forbes, 13 Apr. 2020, https://www.forbes.com/sites/avivahwittenbergcox/2020/04/13/what-do-countries-
able to articulate decisions and what needs to be done about the spread. An example is
Tsai Ing-Wen in Taiwan. She introduced 124 measures to block the spread without
having to lock down the country that has become common everywhere else. Now, she is
sending 10 million face masks to the U.S and Europe. Technology is used to inform and
influence people and their decisions, to protect them. Finally, love is having the ability to
empathize and convince others that are scared to listen. Compared to men using the crisis
to accelerate authoritarianism, women’s leadership styles might be different and
beneficial for COVID-19.
According to Hoyt and Simon, “Women have fewer opportunities for career
growth and development compared to their male counterparts.” 3 (Hoyt and Simon, 2020,
p.) Apart from that, they also have scarce access to informal mentorship programs. This
implies that they do not get adequate information that enhances their career growth.
However, in recent years there has been an increase in the number of women taking up
major leadership roles in business and politics. They have also expressed unique and
ideal leadership skills that even challenge the performance of men in similar positions.
Despite the existence of literature that suggests that women resign from their jobs to take
the “mommy role”, existing female leaders are leading a change drive which showcases
them as capable in their various leadership capacities. This has been revealed through the
leadership skills women have displayed in dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic.
3 Hoyt, Crystal L, and Stefanie Simon. “Gender and Leadership.” Leadership: Theory and Practice, 7th ed., vol. 1,
Peter G. Northouse, 2016, pp. 397–426.
Countries that are led by women leaders have proved to be more effective at dealing and
reducing the spread of the virus. Such leaders are like the Taiwanese President and the
current Germany Chancellor. This proves that women are well capable despite the
existence of numerous but likes that limits them from expressing their leadership qualities
On many occasions it has been asserted that women are not qualified leaders, it is alleged
that women are emotional, unstable, and cannot make rational decisions. On the contrary
women have proven to be the best leaders compared to their male counterparts. Women
have shown their effective leadership skills for example, handling the current COVID-19
pandemic. Nations with women leaders at the helm of health docket have depicted more
effective management and control measures to aid in curbing the pandemic. Women have
also proven to be the best communicators compared to men, the document depicts that
women communicate with care and emphasis while men are mostly driven by their
authoritarianism and self-interest at the expense of the public interest. It is therefore,
valid and sound to deduce that women are good leaders and the stereotype notion that
they are not qualified leaders is null and void.
Forster, Victoria. “Women Are Leading Canada’s Public Health Response To The
COVID-19 Coronavirus Outbreak.” Forbes, 14 Apr. 2020,
Hoyt, Crystal L, and Stefanie Simon. “Gender and Leadership.” Leadership: Theory and
Practice, 7th ed., vol. 1, Peter G. Northouse, 2016, pp. 397–426.
Tisdall, Simon. “From Trump to Erdoğan, Men Who Behave Badly Make the Worst
Leaders in a Pandemic.” The Guardian, 26 Apr. 2020,
Wittenbery-Cox, Avivah. “What Do Countries With The Best Coronavirus Responses
Have In Common Women Leaders.” Forbes, 13 Apr. 2020,