This piece in the NY Times is from a few months ago, but it’s still relevant today, and probably will be relevant years from now.
Where is the female Steve Jobs? Good question.
I like that the Times writer and book author, Gloria Feldt (No Excuses: 9 Ways Women Can Change the Way We Think About Power and Leadership ) examined key differences in business styles of men and women. However, I wouldn’t blame our tendency to be more patient and polite as the reason men outnumber us in high-level positions. I think it’s merely a matter of time. It wasn’t until recently that women outnumbered men at universities. If we look at where we were 20 years ago, we’ve come a long way. And 20 years from now is when my generation and the current college grads will have been in the workforce long enough to be running our own companies. I am betting that the leadership landscape will be vastly different. I’ll agree that there are barriers, and there always will be, but change takes time. Steve Jobs told his workers to throw caution to the wind, and to “stay hungry, stay foolish.” If we do that, ladies, we’ll find Ms. Jobs soon enough.