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Definetly it will have a positive impact on the project. Communication is the key to reduce potential conflicts
I would say that resilience is required for any person irrespective of gender and to overcome any obstacle in life.
Resilience is very much needed in our Project management world too. From inception till we complete a project we will definitely come across various obstacles and we will have to keep continuing our work to reach the objective.
It positively helps the team and the organisation on the whole.
Agree with Girija.
Irrespective of gender, every person should be able to handle situations at personal and professional life.
I have even seen few men change their domain/career as they are facing huge pressure at work location. So, it is up to the person's priorities, patience, work-life balance management skills, future aspirations, etc. which drives the person.
In project management as in any other domain, respect or notoriety is not something granted without resilience, courage and hard work. It is not gender sensitive but depends only on the character of the individual.
I think project leaders should bring this topic on to the project team development sessions. I see the objective of this discussion to train, inform and raise awareness among team members. I also see this linked to the company or organization HR procedures.
I agree with the others who say resilience in itself is required of every project manager without regard to gender.
More specifically to your question about women in a male dominated field what you are referring to as resilience, I think of as flexibility and confidence. I may be going off on a tangent here, but let's see where my train of thought goes. For many when one door closes, they find another door to open. Some women change who they are to fit through that door. I have met women who are acting how they think a male will act. There are some women who will never give there own opinion and always follow their male bass. For women to succeed in these male dominated fields, they need to stay true to themselves, make their own path and address issues straight on.
So back to your comment about harmony. If all members of a team are confident and remain flexible to working with each other, there will be harmony.
I agree with my colleagues here, there is no gender difference in resilience. It all depends on the individual.
Girija and Dinah - Your answers are spot on. The world has changed and in the project management world, reslience knows no gender and applies to both.
There is no more man and woman and men can do something that women can’t. Woman are as capable as men and vice versa.
I work in a male dominated field “construction” but I started seeing an increase in the number of women joining and trust me, it has a very positive effect.
In may vast experience in the Construction Industry as a PM and Director, and also as a recruiter of PM's (I did not trust HR to deliver good candidates to me, I preferred to interview my own) I have discovered the following:
Regardless of Gender- Good PM's are born and not made. In my current organization we have a few women, and a few men, who just have that drive and tenacity to achieve success no matter what the obstacles.
They exhibit an almost OCD attention to details, Contracts, Safety, and Execution in the field.
In my opinion, these people are easily identifiable-and since these skills are so rare, it would be crazy to limit any candidate by Gender. In the current state of our Industry, we need to capture and employ these skills.... period.
From the trenches!
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