Laura Marciano Sawh
How my past experiences shaped my leadership style
As a female leader in a male-dominated environment, I have often been asked about my leadership style and how I navigate the challenges that come with working in such an environment. My leadership style can be described as democratic, which I believe has been shaped by my past experiences.
Growing up, I was always involved in various activities and organizations that required teamwork and collaboration. This taught me the importance of listening to others' opinions and valuing their input. In my early career, I worked in industries dominated by men, which required me to be assertive and confident in my ideas and decisions.
However, I quickly realized that being assertive all the time was not effective. It was important to listen to others' opinions and make decisions based on a collaborative effort. This is where my democratic leadership style emerged.
In a democratic leadership style, the leader involves the team in the decision-making process and values their input. It creates a sense of ownership and accountability among team members and allows them to feel valued and respected.
In a male-dominated environment, it can be challenging for women to have their voices heard. However, by using a democratic leadership style, I have been able to create a culture of open communication and collaboration, which has allowed me to effectively lead and manage my team.
Additionally, my past experiences have taught me the importance of empathy and emotional intelligence in leadership. As a leader, it is important to understand and acknowledge the challenges and barriers that individuals may face. By being empathetic and understanding, I have been able to create a more inclusive and supportive environment for my team.
In conclusion, my past experiences have shaped my democratic leadership style, which has been effective in navigating a male-dominated environment. By valuing the input of my team members and creating a culture of collaboration and open communication, I have been able to effectively lead and manage my team. As a female leader, it is important to recognize the challenges that come with working in a male-dominated environment and use leadership styles that promote inclusivity and equality.