Presenting female leaders on International Women’s Day

8 March 2016

For International Women’s Day – we might spend a moment reflecting on the achievements of women in society – what, if anything, has happened since this time last year? In particular –  might we see more women making progress in leadership? Many emerging markets – such as in Africa and South America, for example – would seem to be ahead of the game. But even in conservative Europe there are ones to watch.

At the end of 2015, The Times of London identified seven leading ‘Business People of the Year’, of whom two were women. Carolyn McCall has been CEO of high profile budget airline easyJet since 2010. She is described as ‘at the forefront of reinventing the low-cost sector’. McCall’s airline, known for its bright orange livery, has been a better stock market performer than its arch-rival Ryanair. As The Times considered, ‘Ms McCall’s management of (founder and major shareholder) Sir Stelios Ioannou’s shouting from the touchline might be her greatest achievement at the airline.’ This might be seen as a feminine leader trait – managing strong male colleagues unobtrusively and effectively. …

Olivia_Garfield_(6305957078) (002)Secondly, Liv Garfield broke records when she was appointed to head up the water utility Severn Trent,  as a female at the head of a Financial Times top 100 company and – at only 40 – the youngest boss in this blue chip index. Recently appointed as a ‘business ambassador’ by the Prime Minister, she has a very tough job – to keep water bills low whilst renewing old infrastructure and paying dividends to demanding shareholders. Women leaders are often seen as being good at housekeeping (in the Thatcher mould) and juggling multiple and often conflicting priorities – she is expected to do this in her daily job….

THE TIMES, Wednesday December 30 2015, ppt 36-7, ‘The Times Business People of the Year’

About Ms. Stephanie Jones
Dr. Jones was appointed Associate Professor of Organizational Behavior at Maastricht School of Management in January 2007. For more information please visit her profile page on the MSM website.

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