When we look around the table at management meetings, how many females do we see? 1 or 2 perhaps?

So how do we encourage more females to become leaders? What skills and attributes do they need and when should they start to learn these skills?

Are females born ‘leaders’ or should we nurture them from a young age?

A recent article by Sheryl Sandberg was shared on LinkedIn, it read ‘I want every little girl who’s told she’s bossy, to be told instead she has leadership skills’

This post by Sheryl received over 500,000 likes and over 16,000 comments – what a incredible response to a different way of looking at our so called ‘bossy’ girls.

If girls demonstrate being bossy – channelling them to lead the social situation or role play activity at school will empower them to develop from within.

There are a whole host of powerful female leaders to aspire to:

JK Rowling – the well known author of the Harry Potter series books, who started out as a single mother author.

Marilyn Monroe – the legendary actress that has shaped our film industry

Madonna – the versatile signer/musician who’s career to date spans multiple decades

Jane Austen – incredibly talented author of Pride and Prejudice among many others

Marie Curie – the double Nobel prize winner who collected 2 awards, 1 for her research into radioactivity and 1 for chemistry.

Our team at OutThere is made up of an all female workforce, who have all had decades of experience in the working world.  We believe that strong female leadership skills are hard to find, so spotting these skills early is key.

So next time you see your daughter bossing around her brother whilst playing, or trying to organise her friends into an orderly line at gymnastics, when you step in – remember to steer her leadership skills not squash them.