The Best Man for the Job… May be a Woman
Well the numbers are in nationwide.
The majority of working Americans are female. The percentage is 51% today and it is climbing. Swiftly. It isn’t hard to see why.
The majority of college graduates today are women. Seventy years ago, females made up only 30% of the university population. Today, they make up 60-70%. Women will be more prepared for good jobs than men in the future.
Adolescence has become a prolonged stage of life for males. Many of them lack ambition, and choose gaming instead of pursuing of a job. The majority of them return home after they finish schooling.
Sadly, while the majority of people in the workforce are women, only 18% of the leadership of organizations are female. No doubt, sometimes the best man for the job is a man. But, today, I often wonder if our male ego and stale tradition have prevented ladies from taking a fitting role at the top.
At Growing Leaders, the non-profit organization I founded in 2003, we have a team made up of males and females. In addition to our ten speakers who travel, we have a team of eight staff members on the ground. Four are male and four are female. I would trust my life with all four women. Over time, this is what I have noticed about the females who help lead our office:
1. They are warm. Relationships are vital and they work to cultivate them with our partners, customers, donors, and new friends.
2. They are holistic. All four women in our office tend to see the big picture well. They don’t segment their work into categories; each part impacts the others.
3. They are responsible. I realize this may not be true for all females. But each one on our team will not quit until they have completed their tasks.
4. They are protective. They safeguard our mission and values. They nurture other team members in the office when necessary. They protect me as well from undue hardship.
I have a theory. I believe when God created mankind He put a little bit of Himself inside both genders. In other words, the male gender illustrates and reveals a part of their Creator. Often it is the strong characteristics that enable conquest. In addition, the female gender does the same, and often it is the relational characteristics that enable connection. I recognize this sounds stereotypical. I don’t mean to come across this way. I just believe a combination of both genders offer something unique that makes a team whole.
Now peer into the future with me. In twenty years, if college statistics remain on trend, will most of the leaders in the workforce be women? They will certainly be the ones with the education. How will this affect households? Who will wear the pants in the family? Will male ego be able to handle the woman bringing home a larger paycheck? And, just how do we fan into flame male ambition again? I believe doors have opened for women over the last forty years, with Title Nine and other initiatives on campus. I wonder if now… we need to open doors for males again. We must prepare both genders to lead the way and offer their strengths to a team.
First, however, let me ask a question. Are we ready to face the fact that for now—the best man for the job might be a woman?