Which leader would you choose? A feminist man or a sexist woman? It’s a phrase I’ve used more than once before. But because it’s so fundamental to the issue of the underrepresentation of women in senior positions, I make no apologies for using it again.
Choosing a leader is not simply a numbers game.
Of course we want to see more women leaders. But we also want to see a new style of leadership, one that balances the best traits from the female side of the spectrum with the best from the male side. And whilst increasing the proportion of women at the top will certainly help towards that overall, it certainly doesn’t guarantee it in every case.
To borrow the dichotomy posed by Rose Gibbs in a recent article, which leader would you choose? A feminist man or a sexist woman? Discuss.