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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Wed, 03-20-2013 - 10:47pm
What does it mean to be "emotional?" Does it affect job performance?
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Wed, 03-20-2013 - 10:26pm

And, I was sharing mine, which happens to be different than yours.

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Registered: 10-10-2011
Wed, 03-20-2013 - 10:14pm
I have had both men and women in the last 25 years so I am going by my experience. Wasn't that the original question? Lol
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Wed, 03-20-2013 - 10:03pm
I happen to think that men and women are equally emotional. Even my hubby, who's experience far exceeds my own, has commented on different bosses over the years, and we have both been surprised by how emotional the majority of men have been, and how unemotional the women have been. My use of the terms emotional and unemotional are relative to stereotypes.
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Wed, 03-20-2013 - 9:11pm
I was asked my opinion like everyone and spoke from experience. I have actually have had 8 women bosses in the past 25 years with whom I used my experience from.
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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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Wed, 03-20-2013 - 8:41pm
The company I keep? Please explain.
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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 - 4:58pm

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

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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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