Gender should not be at all a factor that should affect the ability of a person to be a good leader. Leadership must depend solely on the strengths of the personality and character of each individual. However, in many cases, women are not encouraged in the same way as their male counterparts to take on these types of roles, which in a way creates an imbalance of powers.
Proof of that is: according to statistics from the Inter-Parliamentary Union published by the United Nations in 2019, in the world fewer than 7% of global leaders are women.
Nevertheless, despite that barrier some female leaders around the world have challenged the status quo. These women have managed to respond proactively and correctly to the pandemic that is currently threatening the entire world by proving that they are good at conflict management and resolution.
Each country has faced the COVID-19 pandemic in different ways, but there are efforts of seven countries in particular (Germany, Taiwan, New Zealand, Iceland, Finland, Norway, Denmark) that have received positive comments on a global scale. The actions and decisions taken in those countries to combat the current crisis all share something in common: they have been made by women.
For instance, one specific important action that has been applauded, is the efforts of those countries to test as much of the population as possible for COVID-19, which alongside properly isolating patients has had a significant effect. For example, Iceland’s Prime Minister Katrin Jakobsdóttir is offering free coronavirus testing to all citizens.
In addition, according to data from Johns Hopkins University, these seven countries have seen a lower death rate than other countries, proportionally speaking. For example, in New Zealand currently the death toll stands at a very low 16, thanks to the early decisions of Jacinda Ardern, the country’s Prime Minister.
All of these countries have managed to flatten the contagion curve thanks to proactive decision making and much better preparations, in terms of medical and protective equipment for the health personnel and the general public.
Furthermore, people have valued the empathetic and transparent approach that these leaders have maintained. For instance, Norway’s Prime Minister, Erna Solberg, had the creative idea of using television to talk directly to the children of her country; an idea that was very well received. People have seen that these female leaders have taken into account not only the economic well-being of the citizens, but also their social well-being.
These women have proven their strong leadership skills. Thanks to their decisions, their countries could be less vulnerable facing the COVID-19 outbreak. Their actions definitely deserve to be valued and praised worldwide.