Do women or men make better bosses?

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Do women or men make better bosses?
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Tue, 03-19-2013 - 4:10pm

I realize you can't generalize when it comes to gender, you can find good and bad in both of them.  I was just curious what everyone's experiences have been when it comes to management, if you've have a better experience with a man versus a woman.   

In your experience, who have been the better bosses?  Did your experiences differ when it came to the position you were in, the career path you were on, or whether you had children at the time or were childless?  

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Fri, 03-22-2013 - 10:48am
I've been thinking about this a lot and I wonder if a lot of the stereotypes of male and female bosses persist because of confirmation bias? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Confirmation_bias
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Fri, 03-22-2013 - 11:01am
I didn't take it as mocking Rollmops. Jam and I know each other well enough that I know what she meant. Thanks.
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Fri, 03-22-2013 - 11:04am

I'm late to this but I don't think it makes a damn bit of difference.. i've had female bosses that were awesome and powerful and amazing managers and female bosses that were nightmares.. male bosses that were incredible and male bosses that were ineffectual.. I myself have been and are currently a boss/ manager.. and I work really hard to find the right balance of compassion ("of course you need to be home with your sick child, no worries) and hard nosed-ness .. (trust me if you make me look over the top of my reading glasses at you, you know you're in trouble..)  I've fired people and given people raises and everythign in between but I think what it comes down to is people are people and both genders are equally capable of being kick ass bosses or horrible bosses...

I personally can't wait til that one final big BIG glass ceiling is shattered and we have a woman president.  Hillary 2016!!!

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Fri, 03-22-2013 - 11:09am
Well now, that just sums it up! Thaks Bea.------------------"I don't think it makes a damn bit of difference.."
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Fri, 03-22-2013 - 2:52pm
I can't make any generalization about male vs female bosses. I have had more male bosses that had problems with anger than I have female bosses who had problems with crying, so I can't say females are more emotional. As far as bosses, or even coworkers, with a SAH spouse, I can say that DH and I both really appreciate having bosses and coworkers who get the dual-income thing. The ones who have a SAH spouse often seem less focused on working efficiently to get out the door at a reasonable time. They will sit around and chitchat for 20 minutes at the start of a 4:30 meeting, or take 90 minute lunches, or schedule 2 different meetings at 7:30 am and 5:00 pm on the same day, with many of the same people, when they could have scheduled them back to back. Bosses and coworkers who have WOH spouses or are least somewhat respectful of that life, schedule meetings during core hours, encourage and facilitate working efficiently, and value results over face time (ex: DH puts in his standard hours, no more, but spends 8 pm to 10 pm every night responding to emails and catching up, then connects again at 6:30 am. One boss told him he had to be seen in the office. Gave a promotion to guy who spent 11 hours a day in office, but half of it schmoozing instead of working. DH's other bosses have all recognized his efficiency, the nighttime work, the actual results, and give highest performance rating.)

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