The pandemic has cast a sharp light on the role of women in leadership. National leaders such as Angela Merkel of Germany and Jacinda Ardern of New Zealand were active in fighting the coronavirus before many other countries. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer of Michigan led her state to take early and persistent action to slow the spread of COVID-19.
A recent article by Jack Zenger and Joseph Folkman in Harvard Business Review offers evidence that women leaders are better in times of crisis. In fact, according to a review of women leaders’ engagement scores, women outpointed men by six points: 55.2 to 49.2.