Women are known to be task oriented. As leaders, they are keen that those in charge of carrying out functions within organisations, fulfil their responsibilities. They are not given to accepting limp excuses for why tasks have not been completed. In terms of expectation, they cannot easily be bought off by questionable reasons given for non performance. Women who are leaders expect those working within organisations will have the same levels of focus as they themselves manifest.

However, female leaders are sensitive and if there are3 issues confronting employees, these will be taken into account. While expectations are not diluted time constraints may be relaxed, allowing an extra period for task completion. If leave needs to be offered for personal, priority reasons, female leaders are often known to extend the empathy necessary to accomodate the situations being confronted by subordinates.

Awareness of needs and sensitivity to situations of genuine need are hallmarks of outstanding female leaders.

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