More Than Ever The Time Is Now For Female Led Leadership In Both Legal Departments And Law Firms

Author:Mr Stephen Mabey
Profession:Applied Strategies Inc.,

Gender Science

Our understanding of the science of the brain in general and the differences in the attributes of male and female brains specifically continues to grow and evolve.  And well there is nothing to indicate a general difference in intellectual performance, there clearly are differences including:

"How and what we remember: Women tend to take in more through their five senses than men do, and to store more of this material in the brain for later use. Thus they tend to remember more details during a conversation.1 How we process words (including how many and what kinds of words we use): Women use many more words than men while speaking, reading, and writing.2 How we experience the world: Female retinas have more P ganglion cells - which see color and fine detail - while male retinas have more M ganglion cells, which more easily see physical motion of objects around them.3 What we buy and why we buy it: Women's buying is linked to immediate complex sensory experience, so they enjoy walking through a store and touching objects; men link more of their buying to performance competition, so they tend to buy memorabilia from sports teams with which they identify.4 The way our midbrain (limbic system) and emotional processing works: A woman can process a major emotion-laden experience immediately, whereas it may take a man hours to do so.  This often creates a lot of tension between men and women.5 The amounts of white and gray matter in the brain: Women have more white matter, which connects brain centers in the neural network, while men have more gray matter, which localizes brain activity into a single brain center. This is one reason the genders bring different perspectives to the same problem or design. Women are able to make connections between widely different elements that men don't make, while men tend to focus on one element or pattern without distraction better than women do."6 Impact on Leadership Styles

While the above list of six differences is not intended to be an exhaustive one, it should serve to clarify the basis for the notable difference in leadership style in some key areas.

In reviewing the following Table, we are speaking in generalities, and there will always be exceptions!




Problem Solving





Participative teams


Transactional in interactions (empirical)

Relationship in interactions (emotions)

Communication Style



Conflict Management

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