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Who's the Better Boss?

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Who's the Better Boss?
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If you had a choice between having a female boss or a male boss, which would you choose?  And would the choice really matter?  A recent article from the New York Times talks to the experts about whether women make better bosses than men in the business world.  What they found out is very interesting. 

Alice Eagley, chairman of social psychology at Northwest University, has done extensive research on managerial behavior.  What Eagley has found out through studies and research is that women bosses are less "bossy" and tend to use a more collaborative and democratic method. Eagley also said, "compared with men, women use a more positive approach by encouraging and urging others rather than a negative approach of scolding and reprimanding them."

Author of How Remarkable Women Lead, Joanna Barsh, reports that women in places of authority can often excel because they tend to look for more meaning in their work than men.  Barsh said that men often go for higher salary and status.  She believes however, that women do need to stop multitasking as they often do, "When you attempt to facilitate a phone conference while doing email, your brain switches between tasks, and you lose focus and energy." 

Women may also have a leg up on their male counterparts because they are good "mind readers".  According to columnist and psychologist, Susan Pinker, women produce more of a hormone called oxytocin that has been proven to make them read people’s expressions and process emotions quicker than men.  After men were given doses ofoxytocin (squirted up their nostrils) they were found to have these "mind reading" skills as well.

What do you think of some of the differences between male and female bosses?

Have you noticed any differences in your work place?

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  • Lindaman22 By Lindaman22

    I think this question is not a matter of gender. I've have great male and great female bosses. I can also say the opposite. A good boss is an intelligent, understanding, inspirational , motivating, organized, helpful mentor - male or female.

  • peanut1 By peanut1

    i think that men are better bosses every woman that i have work for brought there personal issues to work and were ver unprofessional.

  • veelove23 By veelove23

    I think that this a questions that no more could answer becasue God didn't put the woman over the man he put the man over the woman in some cases womens have a good insight on things better then mens do.

  • aharring By aharring

    I think that most women are more organized, but it all depends on the person who would be a better boss.

  • andies By andies

    I think like one person stated above, you're going to be more comfortable with a boss that has similar views to your own whether they're male or female.

  • tsoko22 By tsoko22

    I would like to say that a woman boss is more caring and resonable but in my case it is the exact opposite. I am a teacher and we were in the hunt for a new superintendent. We all thought that a women would be a good choice. We were wrong. She is nasty, spiteful, so uncaring and such a micromanager that she is single handedly ruining our district. We used to be a great district to work for:0(

  • junconventional By junconventional

    Maybe I'm in the minority most of the women bosses I've had were prescription crazy. I've had two that were caring/reasonable/collaborative - I've had a scattering of male bosses and one exceptional male supervisor that mentored me - changed my whole point of view in my working relationships.

  • krystlnickel By krystlnickel

    I do believe that women are the better bosses not only because we are more organized but because of the fact that we do give praises where it is do instead of only focusing on the bad things. I also just recently saw on the tv show The Doctors that woman have more of the sensors that are capable of multi tasking than men do. So yes it makes more sense that women are better at being bosses than men.

  • caseycolette By caseycolette

    i think women bosses are tougher on female employees than the men are actually. and try too hard not to be sensitive to a womans needs and it creates a slight problem sometimes. not in all cases, but ive seen it.

  • robynlong By robynlong

    I have always like male bosses better myself. All of the women bosses I have had were to emotional and changed their minds to much!

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