Vancouver, BC (PRWEB) October 5, 2007
Author and International Speaker on Women and Leadership, Elaine Allison says our nation is confused in what we want in a female leader. Find out how and why Hilary may not win and the reason might be science.
At 19 years old, speaker and author, Elaine Allison learned quickly that women have to lead differently to men while working as one of Canada's first female correctional officers supervising inmates in an all-male maximum security prison. Her theories evolved as her success in business developed. Her life depended on it. What worked for a man, was not working for her. She needed new strategies. Strategies she's observing Hilary is using to raise a reported $27M and pull ahead in the race.
According to ipu.org, Canada (45th) and the United States (67th) don't even rank in the top countries for most women in the legislature - Rwanda is #1. Elaine says, We are a very confused nation in what we want in a female leader, and what's worse, "Women are not getting access to methods of leadership from a "Women's Point of View" and it's even harder to get access to top female role models. In addition, most leadership books are written by men? This causes confusion as a man may be perceived as commanding, whereas a woman might be called a "bitch" alienating the very team she is supposed to be leading. Elaine says, "Women now know acting like a man doesn't work, but we often still expect them to - and if they do - they're doomed".
Elaine feels it all comes down to science such as: brains, hormones and cultural expectations. For example when using MRI's and PET scans, it was found that in men's brains, only one hemisphere lights up when they are tasking, for women both sides light up. This can easily answer the question why so many men are great at vision and focus (a heralded leadership skill) while, women are masters at multi-tasking and not focusing on one issue, (Hilary's approach to health-care, education, the war), but this often can be perceived as scattered, when in fact they can get a lot done.
Secondly, we know when a man is under stress they produce adrenaline - the fight or flight hormone and we have now found that women actually produce more oxytocin than adrenaline, when under stress. For example, this is the hormone that women secrete in high levels when they give birth to a baby, making them want to bond with their child. In the boardroom if a crisis hits, a women may want to call a meeting (bond), while the man in the room will want a decision (fix it).
Lastly cultural expectations won't allow in most cases women to act like a man - if Hilary smiles too much we'll call her flighty, if she doesn't smile enough we'll say she isn't warm. Are we confused in what we want in a female leader? Throughout Elaine's book and programs she continues to teach actual leadership skills all from a women's point of view with real life strategies - that work amazingly well - for women and also interest men.
Elaine Allison is a successful business owner and CSP (Certified Speaking Professional). She is a corporate trainer, international speaker and author of the award winning business book, The Velvet Hammer "PowHERful Leadership Lessons for Women Who Don't' Golf. She has presented to thousands of audiences on a variety of management practices and leadership skills for over 20 years. Among a variety of both front line and executive positions, Elaine also managed 1400 unionized flight attendants which provided her with many more excellent examples of leading people while at 35,000 feet with no one to call. She has also designed unique gifts for the female boss that are available for order in time for the holidays. Visit; http://www.thevelvethammer.com or call: 1-866-241-6876 for more information.