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.
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:
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.