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NEW South Texas scrutinizes leadership styles

Thursday, April 24, 2014   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Barbara Francella
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More than 70 Network of Executive Women members examined the differences in men’s and women’s leadership styles at the NEW South Texas spring learning event on April 10, 2014 at the Magnolia Hotel in Houston.

Trudy Bourgeois, CEO and founder of The Center for Workforce Excellence, moderated "The Big Debate: Should Men and Women Lead Differently?” and offered her perspective on how the genders lead differently and their leadership styles’ impact in the workplace.

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"It’s time to understand the diversity link between gender and leadership,” said Bourgeois, adding that evolving leadership styles need to be leveraged. "Today’s workers and yesterday’s leaders equals tomorrow’s disaster.

"Today’s employees want a leader they can trust, respect and learn from. If they don’t get it, they disengage or leave the company. Companies with a highly engaged workforce that mirrors their consumer base can drive competitive advantage.”

Bourgeois emphasized the importance of sharing information. "Men and women need to recognize that they can learn from each other to build a new style of leadership.”

Lisa Peterson, territory sales manager for Altria, said Bourgeois’ insights "really tied in with what I’m working on to improve my leadership capabilities.”

Companies sending large delegations to the event include Altria, The Coca-Cola Company, Mondelēz International Inc. and PepsiCo Inc.

NEW South Texas Programs Co-chair Laura Wayne and guest speaker
Trudy Bourgeois of The Center for Workforce Excellence greet members
at the NEW South Texas spring learning event.

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