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According to the Harvard Business Review article, “What Women Know About Leadership That Men Don’t,” today’s effective leader “requires a blend of intellectual qualities — the ability to think analytically, strategically and creatively — and emotional ones, including self-awareness, empathy and humility. In short, great leadership begins with being a whole human being.”

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I have worked for only one female boss for an extensive period of time, and she was by far my favorite, specifically due to her ability to connect with her employees on an empathetic and relatable level. She imparted wisdom and guidance on me, while also offering positive alternative suggestions to handle my workload. She was extremely smart, very likeable and always willing to assist.

I now wonder if her constant availability, personable demeanor and constructive criticism were tools she strategically utilized and made visible in an effort to successfully matriculate through the company. None of my male bosses were as accommodating and she was. Also, none of my male bosses were as nice either.

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