Do women or men make better bosses?

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Registered: 11-13-2008
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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Registered: 10-10-2011
Thu, 03-21-2013 - 3:33pm
You include the time in between being a SAHM as working? I have been working for 25 years (full time for 22 years and only off for 6 months of maternity leave).
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Registered: 11-14-2011
Thu, 03-21-2013 - 3:32pm
"Someone who doesn't cry in public, portraits a strong demeanor."-------------- In other words, someone who acts professionally?
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Registered: 11-14-2011
Thu, 03-21-2013 - 3:31pm
I have been working for almost 30 years. I had a number of entry level positions when I was younger, and two management (currently in one of the two).
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Registered: 10-10-2011
Thu, 03-21-2013 - 3:25pm
May I ask Peachy how many jobs you have had in your life? I have had 6 in 25 years (3 part time while in high school and college and 3 full time)
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Thu, 03-21-2013 - 3:23pm
Someone who doesn't cry in public, portraits a strong demeanor.
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Registered: 11-14-2011
Thu, 03-21-2013 - 3:20pm
Yes Bord, the people that I work with are very professional. I just don't see this huge gender gap in management styles.
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Registered: 11-14-2011
Thu, 03-21-2013 - 3:18pm
Define "manly".
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Registered: 02-24-2010
Thu, 03-21-2013 - 2:40pm

I haven't seen too many people cry, most people probably go to the restroom or something.  I will admit I cried one day at work...and it was totally justified!   : )  It's a bit of a funny story, at least it seems so now.

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Registered: 02-20-2013
Thu, 03-21-2013 - 2:14pm

I've had the good fortune to have many wonderful bosses, male and female. Out of the management team where I work, 95% are normal human beings who have good and bad qualities, and are very good at their jobs.  A couple of them are really just horrid managers. I talked about one of them in the Helicopter Parent thread a few weeks ago.  The horrid ones are both male and female. I haven't noticed any difference based on gender alone, or based on whether any of them have SAH spouses.

Shaking my head at the things grown women get their panties in a wad about.

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Thu, 03-21-2013 - 1:51pm

cruisingchick20111 wrote:
In 25 years I have only seen 1 woman cry (manager). I do think that women wear their feelings on their sleeves though and men will keep more things in and be more "manly".

Oh, that whole "women wear their emotions on their sleeves" and "manly men don't have emotions" thing is so 1980s.  The women I work with are just as professional as the men.  Thank God.

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