The statistics for women in leadership are well known. Only 4.6% of Fortune 500 CEOs are women. This despite the fact that more women than ever are making buying decisions, women are managing more wealth than ever and women in top jobs often outperform men in corporate growth.
Forbes just put out its 2015 list of 100 most powerful women. In the article, they refer to these statistics and discuss how they came to the decisions that make up the list.
“That these wretched stats continue year after year is a serious and pressing issue. But there’s hardly a void of powerful women – and the numbers are growing. That is, if we enlarge our focus from only those who possess the greatest wealth or the heaviest corporate hammer to include the women whose influence and impact may be greater than the sum of their titles.”
This one element they used particularly caught my attention. The ability to build spheres of influence & impact, relies heavily on strong communication skills.
Influencing multiple groups on multiple subjects can only happen when the woman has a strong, confident presence, a clear, compelling message and a vision that inspires others to follow them.
I also wanted to note that not everyone on the list has a “top job”. This goes to prove what I often say – It not the title that makes the leader, it’s the women.
See Forbes’ 2015 list of powerful women here.