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This is one hot debated topic in leadership studies. Needless to say, I was the only male in some of my classes and this topic spurred me to seek further study in some of my spare time.

An article over at HBR recently concluded that women are making higher career and educational strides in more macho cultures. Her example is Brazil. She gives some interesting numbers. She reports that in education, Brazilian women number 63% and the men 37% which is second next to Sweden. She also mentions that “In the 2012 Grant Thornton survey of the gender balance in senior executive roles, for example, Brazil had 27% women and 73% men, compared to the US with 17% women and 83% men. On this basis, Brazilian business leadership is already more gender balanced than the US.”

This will disappoint some of my graduate school female cohorts, but it is basically what I was trying to say without the availability to data. My main point is that women have incredible talent that is very different than men. Their natural tendency to nurture, communication, and propensity to otherness are highly needed and highly rewardable in the workplace. Here in America, I have found women’s leadership studies emphasize an androgynous approach. Many conclude, “Women must be like men” to move up the corporate latter. Do you think a woman must be just like a man in order to climb in her career? If not, what are some differences you see that make a woman a better leader?