Suggest reading this article by Kay Koplovitz in the Huffington Post. Excerpt–
“You can really capture the emerging power being wielded by women using their human capital networks in the world of business and power in Pamela Ryckman’s just released book: Stiletto Network: Inside the Women’s Power Circles That Are Changing the Face of Business…..If you want to know how this is being done, Stiletto Network is the one that can inform you.” http://www.huffingtonpost.com/kay-koplovitz/stiletto-network-the-emer_b_3308137.html
The gist of it is that women’s traditional ways of relating (lateral networking skills especially) are becoming the new basis for power.John Gerzema argues in “The Athena Doctrine” that everybody has to learn these skills or risk extinction.
To me it seems that the real issue is always one of balance. If you tend to overemphasize technical skills, learn people skills and vice versa. Similar to the other discussion on speed vs. precision in management – if you tend to rush to decisions, take more time and be sure it’s the right one (and if you have analysis paralysis, learn to move on).