Original Research - Special Collection: Sustainable leadership in times of uncertainty

Weibliche Führungskräfte nachhaltig führen

Martina Kessler
Verbum et Ecclesia | Vol 44, No 1 | a2723 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/ve.v44i1.2723 | © 2023 Martina Kessler | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 07 September 2022 | Published: 18 May 2023

About the author(s)

Martina Kessler, Department of Counselling, Faculty Stiftung Therapeutische Seelsorge, Germany ; and Department of Practical Theology and Mission Studies, Faculty of Theology and Religion, University of Pretoria, Pretoria, South Africa


Leading female leaders sustainably. Women lead differently than men. In order for them to be able to lead sustainably as leaders, it is necessary to reflect on typical female traits. In doing so, the way of typical female leadership, which is biologically anchored, should be taken into account. The aim should be to deal with them appropriately and fairly so that they themselves can lead sustainably. The biological requirements in women are centered on community, relationships, social skills, and communication. These findings are reflected in psychology and linguistics and are also evident when women are described as leaders. Three examples from practice corroborate the findings and show the necessity to understand diversity as an opportunity, to regard female leaders as ‘normal’, to convey appreciation for their typical leadership style just as much as it is appreciated as for male leadership and to deal with female images of leadership and to enthrone female leaders.

Intradisciplinary and/or interdisciplinary implications: The article is interdisciplinary in that it combines insights from biology, psychology, linguist and management theory.


Female executives; lead sustainably; biologically anchored; psychological; linguistically; Relationship; social competence; Community; Communication.

Sustainable Development Goal

Goal 5: Gender equality


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