On April 4th, 2013, Tessa Breslin came to talk to WILD about research in women leadership. During the presentation, I learned a few interesting facts about women in the workforce. For example, companies that excel in their respective markets have more women board members than other companies. Women make up half the work and talent force, but we are not being utilized enough. Part of that has to do with women putting themselves down because they do not think they are good enough. Ms. Breslin went on to tell the WILD women what characteristics a leader of the future needs to have. For one, a leader of the future needs to be contextually aware; she needs to know what is going on in the world around her. Another important characteristic is sensitivity to different cultures, generations, and genders. She also needs to create a culture of trust and openness and be able to collaborate across generations and companies. This information will be very helpful to all of us as we enter the workforce and aim for our goals. We will know the characteristics that a leader of the future needs to have and be able to navigate our ways to a seat on the board of a company. On behalf of all of WILD, I would like to thank Ms. Breslin for taking the time to speak with us about this important topic.
Written by: Caitlin Roman WILD IX