Pros and Cons of Female Leaders at Work

July 18, 201610:52 am
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A gender gap between male and female leadership in a working environment seems to one of the controversial topics garnering lot of attention from the HR fraternity across industries.

Some people still hold onto a traditional viewpoint that men are born to be leaders and women are suppose to behave like subordinates who merely support their effective functioning, and they in no instance should take over men’s authority. Now as you read these, you might be wondering to whose school of thoughts am I referring to?

According to a 2013 Gallup poll, just over half of Americans say they don’t have a preference, but those who do strongly lean towards men. Forty percent of women and 29% of men say they prefer a male boss to a female one. Now why male boss over a female leader?

However, times have changed. Technology advancement and higher quality of information exchange nowadays drives a different perspective towards the leader’s general outlook and bridging gender gaps.

Male and female do share the same starting point towards pursuing a career, including the career path to reach the pinnacles of success in a company.

While we might partially agree that, men are different from women with regards to their styles of working, leadership and of course, physical attributes. However, both of them do possess equal rights to pursue education, express their opinions, thoughts and ideas, scaling up notch-higher to achieve the dreams and be successful in their own right.

Men bosses are not always better than women, and the gender gaps shouldn’t be the predetermining factor to value someone’s worth, efficiency and contribution at work.

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There are many other performance indicators sans the gender bias divide that predominantly continues to persist even in these technologically advanced times, wherein women in boardrooms in Asia is significantly lower than men.

As a HR manager, you cannot completely support the male or a female leader and support gender-biased viewpoints. However, it’s always worth to evaluate and understand the pros and cons of a female leader:

Pros

  • Women are commonly skilled at multitasking and managing the household fronts to, include children. A female boss can prioritize issues and manage situations at work with the same dedication as at home.
  • Female bosses are generally considered to be more friendly, empathetic and better communicators. They can build effective employee relationships with colleagues, subordinates and even the top management. It doesn’t matter to a woman leader, if you are a woman  or man employee seated at the other end of the table, female bosses are good listeners and effective communicators to help resolve employee’s personal concerns with understanding and empathy.
  • Women leaders understand and acknowledge their star performers’ efforts. They notice smart workers and reward them accordingly. You do not need to sneak your way, to butter up your bosses to get noticed, heard or feel valued for your contributions.

Cons:

  • There have been discussions about whether or not women’s behavior in the workplace is affected by the hormonal changes. Actually, both men and women have equal hormonal challenges that sometimes impact their decision making skills and attitudes towards colleagues and subordinates at work. Both can be tired, burnt out, frustrated and stressed. However, yes we agree women tend to allow hormonal problems to reflect in their moods and behaviours at work.
  • Women face great hurdles to climb up the career ladders and they may pull other competitive women down to retain the top most secured position in a job.
  • Women bosses do depict tendencies of being jealous and backbiting over time.

There is no definitive answer if to consider female leaders are better or worse than male leaders. However, being able to identify the pros and cons will help you stay gender-biased and choose the best leader aligned to meet your business vision.

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