Post #762 – Friday, August
Skills Women Need To Be Successful Leaders
session recently organized by Cadwalader explored the skills that women
need to be successful leaders:
Cultivate your own leadership style and find your own voice,
deriving confidence through competence. It's also important to avoid
being too self-critical.
Welcome not only positive feedback, but honest and constructive
appraisals. Entrepreneurialism is also important - for example, looking for
opportunities and making the most of them.
In general, women are good team managers, adept at conflict
resolution and juggling various personalities and logistical demands. Women's
capacity to encourage and motivate the marginalized allows them to bridge gaps
more naturally and find common ground.
When negotiating salary offers, let your negotiating counterpart
know that you understand their position and that your own position is
legitimate and justifiable. Showing effective negotiation skills enhances
women's role in a firm.
Firms need to show greater commitment to supporting their female
talent through key career crossroads, and by encouraging men to take paternity
The global competitive environment places a premium on leaders who
can encourage and guide their teams, and the growth of strong women's networks
and sponsorship programs provide the support and opportunities crucial to
should feel empowered and ask for what they believe they deserve.
Confidence backed by a logical argument is a winning combination.
panel discussion was moderated by Claire Cockerton, Chairwoman, Entiq,
and Co-Founder of Innovate Finance, and included Eileen Herlihy,
Executive Director and EMEA Head of Clearing Sales, J.P.Morgan; Cathryn
Lyall, Chief Operating Officer, CurveGlobal, London Stock Exchange Group; Joanna
Nader, Chief Investment Officer, JRJ Group; Meryam Omi, Head of
Sustainability, Legal & General Investment Management; and Louisa Watt,
Partner and Head of Cadwalader's Debt and Claims Trading Practice.