MEDIOCRACY OR MERITOCRACY: WHY WE NEED MORE FEMALE LEADERS
The challenges of future medicine and society require strong leadership, being provided by the best suited persons. As that there is no basis to assume that women are intrinsically less qualified for leadership than men, female underrepresentation implies that for gender reasons some of the best talent is not being used to provide leadership. Modern societies rely on brain power rather than coal and corn and cannot afford neglecting female talent in a competitive environment. Therefore, underrepresentation of women in leadership positions is not a female but a societal problem. Against this background, I will discuss what society and medical associations will need to do to develop future leadership in a gender-neutral manner.