Women Entrepreneurs: Should You Be Working More With Men?
Equality doesn’t exist in this universe. Either one prevails and the other follows, or both negotiate their differences and create a greater partnership. ~Harold J. Duarte- Bernhardt
Today women entrepreneurs represent nearly 50% of all privately held businesses make in the US. There is no secret that men have a huge head start when it comes to entrepreneurship but statistics support the theory that women led businesses survive and thrive more than male run ventures. Many well-known, successful women admit to having a male mentor who played an important role in their career. This leads to the question; how can men make great mentors to women, yet women entrepreneurs are more successful?
Prior to becoming an entrepreneur I worked in corporate banking. The majority of my career I was surrounded by male colleagues, managers and customers. Now, looking back I view the experience as the perfect platform for entrepreneurship. I absorbed the different qualities that men bring to the table. Men have a different approach to business leadership, problem solving, and negotiating. I am a huge advocate of women entrepreneurs, and I strongly believe that women must support each other as much as we can. However the uprising of the women’s self help movement may sometimes facilitate lost advantages of women seeking help from, and in some cases a partnership with men. Studies prove that men and women are taught differently from childhood how to lead. Now days a lot of that teaching is changing, but if we learn and appreciate the differences women and men have in business, we would have more successful collaborations and more successful businesses.
Men vs. Women in Business
Male entrepreneurs view their businesses as a well oiled machine, while women entrepreneurs put more of their personal values into the business making it their number one priority. Women are known for their great improvisation skills. Which is a huge part of successful entrepreneurship. Women are more focused on the sustainability of the business. Women don’t have a problem with leading from behind, not making a lot of noise but orchestrating behind the scenes. By nature men have larger egos and love giving orders to others. Leadership in women comes from the ability to attract and inspire talent, not having to be the talent yourself.
Though men and women think, listen and speak differently, the result is the perfect combination to a well-rounded business structure. The law of nature speaks for itself, yen and yang work. If you’re starting a business or have a business and are considering a partner, don’t go for the obvious go for the opposite.
Reference: Businessweek: Men Dominate, Women Orchestrate