Are You A Gender Intelligent Leader?


WomensMedia, Contributor

March 13, 2015

By Maria Gamb

The research on neurological mappings of men and women is nothing new. However, global research by Dr. David Amen of the Amen Clinic has included more than 93,000 men and women brain scans in more than 80 countries to determine the neurological patterns of each gender, including their general means of processing information and communicating with others. In doing so he has discovered that regardless of where the individual lives, the same neurological conclusions have been found: men in country X are neurologically wired the same as men in country Y. The same pertains to women. Dr. Amen has removed the cultural determinants and focused solely on the scientific aspect.

While the neurological research mentioned is extremely important to unlocking the gender code patterns, it’s also incredibly important to note that this is not a stereotyping tool. While there are male brains and female brains, there are also “bridge brains” – which are those individuals whose neurological pathways are somewhat of a blend of both male and female patterning. We all have a little of each gender’s neurology, just to a lesser or greater degree. This is not a ‘one size’ or ‘one gender fits all’ conclusion.

Leaders cannot create high-functioning, productive teams when there are communication challenges present—nor can a leader grow without having their most influential competency in place: clear communications. Both issues lead back to Gallup’s findings that 80% of staff are disengaged from their work, costing the economy $450-550 billion. To paraphrase from Abraham Maslow’s work on the Hierarchy of Being—they do not feel seen, heard or recognized. Moreover, deciphering this gender code can serve as a catalyst to:

a) Help women, in particular, become more effective communicators so they may build their leadership and influence within the organization and advance.

b) Help men to reduce the feelings of needing to be “very careful with women” thus circumventing exclusion.

c) Ultimately bring teams together, creating a more engaged environment, which fosters more creative and innovative thinking to improve the bottom line.

How we communicate and how we interpret or perceive another’s words has a direct correlation to fulfillment and accomplishment in the workplace. Stakeholders stay at companies where they feel valued and fulfilled, thus preserving the talent pool.

Leaders who are gender intelligent are engaging in inclusive leadership. They are not only preserving the workforce and creating environments for high-impact teams, but also securing their leadership legacy as someone who can find a way to make everyone part of the process without compromising their authority.

Maria Gamb is the Amazon Top 10 best-selling author of “Healing the Corporate World” and CEO of NMS Communications, the corporate consulting and training company. 


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