What a Leader Needs Now: 7 'Feminine' Qualities

    By Leigh Buchanan | Small Business

    These traits, typically associated with women, make for great leaders--whether women or men.

    Labeling traits as masculine or feminine reflects popular perception rather than evidence-based fact.

    But it's a handy way to think about what works in organizations today. The following qualities, traditionally identified with women, produce results for leaders of both genders.

    And for a full report on how seemingly-feminine qualities inform the most effective leaders, read Inc. editor-at-large Leigh Buchanan's Between Venus and Mars: 7 Traits of True Leaders.

    Empathy: Being sensitive to the thoughts and feelings of others.

    Vulnerability: Owning up to one's limitations and asking for help.

    Humility: Seeking to serve others and to share credit.

    Inclusiveness: Soliciting and listening to many voices.

    Generosity: Being liberal with time, contacts, advice, and support.

    Balance: Giving life, as well as work, its due.

    Patience: Taking a long-term view.

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