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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Thu, 03-21-2013 - 10:54am
I believe that you were asked to define emotional.
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Thu, 03-21-2013 - 10:47am
Emotional like crying Peachy?
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Thu, 03-21-2013 - 10:45am

lifespeachy wrote:
Bord, it's kind of funny...talking about being emotional. I one case, I worked with (not for) a male manager that was extrememly emotional, and it did effect his job performance. He was whiney and pouty, and his team didn't really respect him. Hubby worked for a guy that was very similar, but it did not effect his job performance.

The guy who supervised my coworkers before I started used to scream and throw tantrums.  It was  . . . um . . . not a very effective management style.  

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Thu, 03-21-2013 - 10:40am
I generally get along with men better too. I guess that's why I've been so surprised at the male managers I've known who were so "emotional", lol. I even compared one to a teenage girl (blush) lol.
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Thu, 03-21-2013 - 10:34am

As a general rule, I get along with men much better than I do with women, so it's no surprise that my experience has been that men make better bosses.  With one notable exception, the female bosses I've had have been very catty and manipulative, have either made personal/family issues into a competition or, in the case of one childless woman, been very nasty about family and children.  This is the one who, when my son was in the hospital for 3 days, told me that didn't matter and I needed to be there anyway, and that the world would be much better if people didn't have children.  (I always kind of thought it was a shame that her parents didn't subscribe to that belief.)  The same woman, though, would take 2 days off of work to take her cat to a vet in her home town, because she just didn't trust any of the vets here.  She was kind of an idiot.


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Thu, 03-21-2013 - 10:33am
You've heard? Where? I guess it depends on the type of business and how they are structured and what is needed. My main (male) boss does more than just what my branched off dept. does, he is in charge of the entire dept which is branched off in different directions but basically come all together (if that makes sense lol). We are a worldwide company.
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Thu, 03-21-2013 - 10:28am
So I've heard...still, how manylayers of managment does, even a big, company need?
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Thu, 03-21-2013 - 10:25am
We are a big company Peachy.
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Thu, 03-21-2013 - 10:19am
Seriously, how many layers of management does your company need?
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Thu, 03-21-2013 - 10:15am
Isn't your boss a man now... Or no? My "main" manager is a woman, 2 men above her (one an assistant of the other), then another woman on above them, and then a man above her.

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