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Women are better suited to leadership than men

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Female leaders
Management   Leadership and organisational behaviour

A study has confirmed what women have always known to be true: that female employees make better leaders than their male colleagues.


Led by Professor Øyvind L. Martinsen, head of Leadership and Organisational Behaviour at the BI Norwegian Business School, researchers looked into the personality traits of nearly 3,000 managers.

And they found that women were better suited to management roles in most areas.

They measured ranked their personalities according to different categories – all of which are useful in leadership positions.

Women ranked higher in a whole host of areas, including initiative and clear communication, openness and ability to innovate, sociability and supportiveness, methodical management and goal setting.

"Businesses must always seek to attract customers and clients and to increase productivity and profits.

"Our results indicate that women naturally rank higher, in general, than men in their abilities to innovate and lead with clarity and impact," said Professor Martinsen.

"These findings pose a legitimate question about the construction of management hierarchy and the current dispensation of women in these roles."

Male employees were found to be better adapted when it came to emotional stability and the ability to withstand work-related stress.

Professor Lars Glasø, who also worked on the research concluded: ‘The survey suggests that female leaders may falter through their stronger tendency to worry – or lower emotional stability.

"However, this does not negate the fact that they are decidedly more suited to management positions than their male counterparts. If decision-makers ignore this truth, they could effectively be employing less qualified leaders and impairing productivity."


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