Why Female Leadership Matters
When looking back at the history of the global economy, it is easy to see the immense barriers that women have faced and overcome. Women’s day is an opportunity to celebrate these great strides and shed further light on the valuable contribution that women bring to the table.
When examining the corporate environment, it is clear that while year-on-year advances are undeniable, there remains a clear imbalance in the gender representation of those in leadership positions. In fact, women still represent just 8.1% (41) of the Fortune 500 CEOs in 2021.
Never underestimate the value of soft skills
Professionalism, networking, collaboration and communication are all essential leadership abilities that can be linked to emotional intelligence (also referred to as soft skills or interpersonal skills) and studies are now showing how, as a general rule, women tend to be stronger in this area.
In a recent international study by Korn Ferry, analysing data from 55,000 professionals across 90 countries, women were seen to outperform men in 11 of 12 key emotional intelligence competencies. Studies like these demonstrate the benefits of providing resources to nurture female leaders and provide them with opportunities to develop these key skills, become more effective leaders and boost their organisation’s performance. This research further highlights the fact that leaders with strong emotional intelligence are more likely to have a higher employee retention rate.
Effective communication goes a long way
Trust is key
Follow the money
If the above reasons are not strong enough to convince us all of the intrinsic value of female leadership, study after study suggests that organisations with women in C-level positions are actually more profitable.
A report by Credit Suisse Research Institute, for example, examined its database of over 3,000 companies and 28,000 senior managers across 40 countries. Here it was observed that companies with higher female participation at board level / top management exhibit higher returns, higher valuations, and higher pay-out ratios.
“Encouraging gender diversity in your leadership pool means greater diversity of thought, which, in turn, leads to improved problem solving and greater business benefits.”- Global Leadership Forecast 2014–2015 
At ARQ Group, encouraging and investing in the development of all employees whatever their background, gender, sexual orientation, religion, physical condition, colour or race is a core value. We are extremely proud to have women heading our service lines, including Ramona Galea as our Head of Operations and Human Resources, Martina Mifsud as our Head of Risk and Compliance (Advisory) and Dr Denia Ellul who has recently taken on the role of director of ARQ Advisory Ltd, ARQ Corporate Ltd as well as ARQ Fiduciaries Ltd.
We are committed to nurturing and empowering our employees by challenging traditional ideologies surrounding women in the workplace and paving the way for the next generation of professionals.