About

Joyce Aboussie, a graduate of Saint Louis University, was the first female chair of the board of St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital; was instrumental in bringing the Thomas F. Eagleton Federal Courthouse to downtown St. Louis, and helped the negotiation efforts during the 1996 McDonnell Douglas labor strike.

About Women Leaders

In 2005, a year-long study conducted by Caliper, a Princeton, New Jersey-based management consulting firm, and Aurora, a London-based organization that advances women, identified a number of characteristics that distinguish women leaders from men when it comes to qualities of leadership:

Women leaders are more assertive and persuasive, have a stronger need to get things done and are more willing to take risks than male leaders….Women leaders were also found to be more empathetic and flexible, as well as stronger in interpersonal skills than their male counterparts….enabling them to read situations accurately and take information in from all sides….These women leaders are able to bring others around to their point of view….because they genuinely understand and care about where others are coming from….so that the people they are leading feel more understood, supported and valued.

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