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My Daughter, the CEO!

Parents make a distinction between a girl and a boy. Girls are now excelling in every field, only parents have to encourage their talents. Girls should be encouraged to pursue a career in management. Girls are better leaders as they have high EQ, so they have the ability to handle difficult situations. Read on to know how daughters have the quality to be better leaders.

When Ashish, a businessman, first held his newborn daughter in his arms, he wept tears of joy. He couldn't help but fast-forward into the future, when she gets married to a wonderful man, and provides him with grandchildren. In his mind's eye he had already started putting money aside. He had to save up for her wedding, after all.

Raman, a general practitioner, stood in the neighbouring hospital room, holding Tej, his newborn son, with pride. "Tej is going to grow up to be the finest doctor in the country - even better than his father… But if Tej doesn't want to pursue the medical profession, I am not going to push him..." Raman had decided that he was going to provide his son with the finest education money could buy, and leave the choice up to him. He had no doubt that Tej would do him proud. 

Not many parents envision their daughters as CEOs of a major company, or even earning big bucks for that matter. Fashion designers, sure. Doctors, great! (Though doctors may have to keep late hours… hmmm….) And if by chance she strikes it rich, that's just a bonus. It doesn't matter, really. What matters is whether they can find her a good husband, not whether she's respected on Dalal Street or Wall Street.  

Why this distinction? A surprising number of parents believe that their daughters are just not as capable as their sons to succeed in the cut throat world of business. Yes, their daughter are intelligent. They are artistic, creative and talented. But managers? 

Well, just in case you, like most parents, were wondering whether girls have what it takes to become good leaders, the answer is a resounding 'yes'. The fact is, women often make better leaders than men. Surprised? Read on.  

Interpersonal Skills

Women have better inter-personal skills than men do. By nature, most women bond easily with other women and men, and have less ego-issues. As a result, they are better at teamwork - and in large corporations, it's all about working in a team! Their innate sensitivity helps them relate better with co-workers. Women can pick up vibes, which tells them when someone is having a bad day or is driving himself too hard, and they relate to them accordingly. This helps them become better leaders. 

Ethical Values

Women are also less motivated by greed and self-serving needs. Statistically, women are apt to be more ethical than men, and tend to have a more idealistic view of things. Women are also more dedicated workers than men. They have strong emotional qualities, and these qualities help in today's corporate world - with its focus on ethics. 

Emotional Intelligence

While men may score higher in IQ tests, women score higher on EQ tests, which only goes to prove that men may make better rocket scientists, researchers, doctors or other professionals that require them to only use their head, but management is a combination of the head and the heart, and women undoubtedly make better managers. 

Communication Skills

Women tend to have better social and communication skills than men do - a quality that goes far in ensuring better leadership. 
Don't sell your daughter short. Anu Shukla, CEO of American Company Rubric Inc, sold Rubric for an astounding $390 million. She led a staff of 85 people, and thanks to her, 65 of them retired as millionaires. And yes, as you can tell by the name, she's Indian.  

Here's what Business Week had to say on the issue of women managers. 

"After years of analyzing what makes leaders most effective and figuring out who's got the Right Stuff, management gurus now know how to boost the odds of getting a great executive.

Hire a female."

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Priya.5 years ago
This is a great read for parents who tend to underestimate the power of women in the society.
Rajesh.9 years ago
The article is a real eye opener for the Indian Parents, who thinks girl child as a second citizen. People should realise that Girl and Boy has equal weightage in our life.
Pratibha.9 years ago
very well written.
Manisha.9 years ago
its really a very inspiring articles for all those young moms and das of a lovely daughter!
Pallavi.9 years ago
a lot of parents around me look to their daughters to hold the torches for the family.gone are the ages when girls were expected to raise kids & keep the house warm.most men these days love a successful partner - not only does it bring in the extra comforts to the family but also furthers the intellect of the family as a whole.
Shruthi.9 years ago
an excellent article!! it can boost a lady's self esteem. this article should be permanently displayed on the net. so that even (all daughters for that matter) my daughter when she grows up can come to this site, read this article and boost her self esteem and achieve something in life.
Indignant girl.9 years ago
i noticed you said that "men may score higher on iq tests", implying that men's average iq score is higher than women's. it is not. women have as high iqs as men. men often get top positions because they only have their career to worry about; women tend to sacrifice their career for their family. it doesn't mean that women are less intelligent than men.
Pradeep Sharma.9 years ago
just another article which tends to put us men down in order to create equality for the women!!!!!!
VIkram.9 years ago
i just saw a sentence that stated that women have less ego problems. this is the funniest joke i have ever heard in my life!!!!!!!!!!
one more thing, i just cannot stand you people putting us men down to create equality for the women!!!!
"women are better than men at this
at this
at this"

just shut up man!!!!!!!!
Pradeep.9 years ago
just check this out!
harvard university:
48% women
52% men

indian institute of tech (iit)
90% men
massachussets institute of technology(mit)
41% women
59% men
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