When you think of the great leaders of our generation, or previous generations no matter who is on your top ten they are mostly men, right?
A throw back to the fact that historically men were the leaders occupying a higher role in society or because genetically they are just better leaders.
Men are seen as being commanding and in control and women are seen as tipfyng a team based building/empowerment approach.
“Women managers tend to have more of a desire to build than a desire to win,” says Debra Burrell, a psychological social worker and regional training director of the Mars-Venus Institute in New York. “Women are more willing to explore compromise and to solicit other people’s opinions.” By contrast, men often think if they ask other people for advice, they’ll be perceived as unsure or as a leader who doesn’t have answers, according to Burrell.
Other female leadership strengths:
|•||Women tend to be better than men at empowering staff.|
|•||Women encourage openness and are more accessible.|
|•||Women leaders respond more quickly to calls for assistance.|
|•||Women are more tolerant of differences, so they’re more skilled at managing diversity.|
|•||Women identify problems more quickly and more accurately.|
|•||Women are better at defining job expectations and providing feedback.|
My own feedback is that while these broad generalisations seem attractive, rarely are they the truth in real life.
There are a number of surveys which indicate that women would rather work for male bosses, citing contrl issues, bitchiness and sabotage.
I have worked in male dominated environments all my working life, and in these enviroments there is a grain of truth to these surveys.
Incidentally, I have seen many a male leader exhibit these traits as well.