Once upon a time, not that long ago, men were considered the sole breadwinners for their families. Women took care of the hearth and home. For a long time, that way of living worked. But today, we are living in a modern world, and things have changed. This change has already started to have a large impact on industries of all kinds.
Men are starting to see what life has been like for women. Several of these men are not prepared to adapt to this shift in responsibility. But regardless, they need to see that change is happening, and its happening quickly:
1. Women are now the majority of workers in the US.
2. Women hold over 50 percent of professional and managerial careers.
3. Women hold 60 percent of all Master’s degrees awarded.
4. 76 percent of women make more than their husbands. Single 20-something women make more than 20-something men in many American cities.
5. Women who have children and hold executive positions are no longer rare.
6. Women buy houses twice as often as men.
7. Women around the world often choose to be single mothers. Marriage is no longer a required life goal.
8. Women in Asia are leading the business trends. In Thailand, one third of the country’s CEOs are women. In China, women hold 34 percent of all upper management positions.
9. Organizations with more gender diversity in the boardrooms are more successful than companies with no women by steep percentages in sales, capital investments, and return on equity.
It is unlikely that any organization could be blind to these rising trends. And they will affect both men and women in leadership positions. Although each gender manages with a unique flare, neither approach is right or wrong. They are just different. And organizations often benefit from different perspectives.