Labeling traits as masculine or feminine reflects popular perception rather than evidence-based fact.
But it's a handy way to think about what works in organizations today. The following qualities, traditionally identified with women, produce results for leaders of both genders.
And for a full report on how seemingly-feminine qualities inform the most effective leaders, read Inc. editor-at-large Leigh Buchanan's Between Venus and Mars: 7 Traits of True Leaders.
Empathy: Being sensitive to the thoughts and feelings of others.
Vulnerability: Owning up to one's limitations and asking for help.
Humility: Seeking to serve others and to share credit.
Inclusiveness: Soliciting and listening to many voices.
Generosity: Being liberal with time, contacts, advice, and support.
Balance: Giving life, as well as work, its due.
Patience: Taking a long-term view.