I came across this article recently in the Financial Times on Matriarchal Leadership, illustrating why some of the largest and most successful European family-owned companies have female CEO’s. Women often rise to higher ranks than they would in non- family owned companies. The women interviewed credit the support of their extended family in their day to day family responsibilities, as well as learning the business from an early age. Some may say, this is simply nepotism at play, but no one complains fiercely when the CEO-ship goes to a favoured son and interestingly in these cases there were male family members who could have taken the reigns – but the family decided the female relative was best qualified. Now that is forward thinking!