I’ve worked with great leaders, male and female. But what I’ve especially appreciated about women leaders is their ability to put ego and politics aside and relate with peers and subordinates on a very human level.
I’ve seen women struggle to break into, or counteract, the “club atmosphere” that a mostly male leadership team can create. One female executive I observed in this situation handled it well. She carefully built strong, trusting work relationships with a couple of the male leaders, earning their respect. This created allies in the room at meetings and in decision-making, increasing her rank and leadership capital.