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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Tue, 03-19-2013 - 7:17pm

I think it really does depend more on the person than their gender.  I have had mostly female bosses.  Only one was truly bad.  Of the more senior people in my workplace, there are both men and women who I am glad I don't work for.  I really like my current supervisor, and her supervisor (both women).

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Tue, 03-19-2013 - 10:51pm
Women are more emotional, IMO. They take things more personally then men.
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Tue, 03-19-2013 - 10:57pm
In my current job title, I've worked for six department heads, five male and one female. The female was one of the best. I don't think there is a big difference in competence or management style based on personal plumbing.
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Tue, 03-19-2013 - 11:06pm
My experience has been limited. I've really only worked FOR men. But, I've worked WITH both men and women. I don't know if it's the type of work or what, but my most recent experience is that the men I've worked with and/or for are far more difficult than the women with. The men have seemed to be somewhat moody, pouty and just generally more sensitive. At one point, I was working with a married couple, and the woman was much easier to get a long with. Her husband seemed to get offended FOR her far more easily than she got offended, lol.
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Wed, 03-20-2013 - 5:07am
I have had good and bad bosses, with men and women in both categories. My only prejudice when it comes to this is that I think people who have successfully managed a household with children for many years are better managers than they themselves often realize. If I was hiring for a managerial position, I would consider SAH experience a positive (whether the person were male or female). I am a decent boss and manager, dh much less so. I am also better than he is at getting dogs and children to do as I want.
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Wed, 03-20-2013 - 10:37am
That's a good point Rollmops. And, I will say.... the "better" bosses I have had, either had a working spouse, or had been a sahp. The ones with sah spouses were the worst.
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Wed, 03-20-2013 - 4:58pm

I think it's more personality-dependent than a gender issue.

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Wed, 03-20-2013 - 4:58pm

cruisingchick20111 wrote:
Women are more emotional, IMO. They take things more personally then men.

It sounds like you've had some poor experiences in your life with women. Maybe it's just the company you keep?

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Wed, 03-20-2013 - 8:41pm
The company I keep? Please explain.
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Wed, 03-20-2013 - 9:06pm

cruisingchick20111 wrote:
The company I keep? Please explain.

Your sweeping generalization does not apply to the entire female gender, therefore I'm suggesting that you have come to your conclusion based on a limited experience with women who have, for whatever reason, given you the impression that all women are emotional and hold grudges. Perhaps your experience is extremely limited, or focused on a certain demographic who are more likely to display the traits you've noted. Or maybe you just have a way of bringing such characteristics in people. 

So, maybe it's the company that you keep? Because I don't think that women are all the same. I don't think that all men are the same, either. And I think that assigning common human traits to a single gender as a stereotype is ignorant and unbeneficial to humankind.

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