Leadership is part of the staff management of corporations, public authorities and organizations. How strictly and effectively overriding goals are realized is decided in the direct contact between departmental managers and their staff. Thus, leadership is crucial to the implementation and realisation of gender equality. A non-discriminatory manner in dealing with female and male staff is just as much a part of a modern way of leadership as a cooperative management style. It is only in this way that the necessary willingness to perform and work motivation can be brought about.

An important element in activating and gender-sensitive management is the so-called staff (or better: cooperation) interview. Not only the social working climate and the degree of freedom of the staff, but also the bonding and communality of the work units is developed in these interviews. So it is crucial that the managers responsible for staff issues are sensitized to gender issues in order to be able to reach members of staff in all their diversity. Empirical studies show that there is no alternative to an activating style of management.

The integration of gender aspects into leadership of staff therefore requires systematic staff management that deals consciously with the differences between women and men and does not subordinate competencies and potential of staff to a standard (usually male) norm. In private industry, the concept of “Managing Diversity”, the aim of which is to put the diversity of staff members to good use to enhance corporate success has been developed in this connection.

Putting a concrete modern and gender-sensitive staff leadership system in place depends firstly, as the example of the USA shows, on legislative framework conditions and secondly on commitment at middle management level and a significantly greater proportion of women in management positions.


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  • German Consulting Group: Frauen & Macht. Frauen in Führungspositionen, 2005
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  • Schumm, Wilhelm: Geschlechterpolitik im Unternehmen – Analysen zur betrieblichen Frauenförderung in der Bundesrepublik, Frankfurt a.M., 2000.

Here you can find further reading (in German) on leadership.

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