Women and Leadership: The Story of Great Britain, By Emmanuel Ajibulu

Theresa May’s moves to put her mark on the new government has highlighted how the referendum on Britain’s relationship with the Continent will fare, this intended to settle a long-simmering battle within the Conservative Party, left the party still split over how to go about decoupling from Europe.

British politics has been in flux since last month’s vote to quit the European Union, followed by leadership battles in both main parties, and finally a change of prime minister when Ms. May took over on Wednesday (July 13, 2016) from David Cameron.

Steady and serious, Ms. May wants to end the turmoil. But on Wednesday, she surprised her own country and many allies by choosing Boris Johnson, the former London Mayor and the public face of the campaign to leave the European Union, to be foreign secretary, although he has a long record of impolitic remarks.

Despite the criticism that Mr. Johnson’s appointment brought, Ms. May apparently judged that it was better to have him as a member of her team than as a free agent outside of it.
The emergence of female Prime Minister for the second time in Britain may as well push some extreme chauvinists to say the country is now being ruled by two powerful women after David Cameron bowed out putting the men behind in key decision making.

What an ‘interesting’ mix, Queen Elizabeth II and Prime Minister Theresa May. This is purely a repeat of history, which had Magaret Thatcher (of blessed memory) in office between 4 May, 1979 to 28 November, 1990.

Iron Lady, as fondly called, resigned her position as British Prime Minister and party leader in November 1990, after Michael Heseltine launched a challenge to her leadership.

After retiring from the Commons in 1992, she was given a life peerage as Baroness Thatcher, of Kesteven in the county of Lincolnshire, which entitled her to sit in the House of Lords. After a series of small strokes in 2002, she was advised to withdraw from public speaking.

Despite these historical accounts, women all over the world are known to be capable of being good political leaders as men. The same can be said of their ability to dominate the corporate boardroom.

Records further show that women are distinguishable from men on key leadership traits such as intelligence and capacity for innovation, with many saying they are stronger than men in terms of being compassionate and organized leaders.
It is also true though arguable that women’s family responsibilities are a major reason there aren’t more females in top leadership positions in business and politics.

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