In the business world, leadership is key to achieving goals, but when we talk about female leadership, the same question always arises: Why is female leadership so important in the world? The answer is clear: according to several reports, the growth of women-owned businesses has outpaced the overall increase in start-ups by 1.5 times.

The ability to lead a team is, for many, a discipline that can be cultivated and perfected. Nowadays, it seems that companies are beginning to rethink the concept of “female leadership” and are committed to breaking the “glass ceiling”. Spaces and positions that traditionally belonged to men, such as management and decision-making roles, are now being occupied by women. More and more female representatives are occupying these positions, both in presidencies and management positions.

While there has been some improvement in recent years, the figures are still significant. Although women represent 43% of the global workforce, only 36% of private sector managers and public sector civil servants are women. However, the data also shows that the number of women in leadership has increased, with the number of women managers globally increasing by 10% in recent years.

A commitment to female leadership in companies leads to a more positive environment. Open-mindedness, empathy, pressure management, multitasking and open communication are some of the innate characteristics of women leaders that make them more connected to their teams.

One of the advantages of having a company with a wide diversity of profiles is that it brings together different ideas and drives very positive growth for the organisation. Diversity in the workplace is not just a question of men versus women in leadership roles. It is about having a mix of both throughout the organisation. Gender diversity in the workplace should be the goal of every company.

Studies show that the more a company focuses on finding diverse talent, the more likely they are to increase their performance. Productivity, creativity, performance, staff retention or collaborations will improve exponentially in the company. Diverse experiences and perspectives are a way to bring innovation and lead to improved decision making.

The integration of women’s leadership represents the future towards greater job opportunities, as well as moving towards greater effectiveness and stronger potential of female managers.

It is clear that equal representation in companies does not happen overnight. It is important for HR to focus on and create explicit policies in order to develop and maintain female leadership that makes a difference and contributes to achieving company goals.