Do Women Make Better Leaders than Men?

In the recent past there have been several studies that seem to suggest that yes, they do! One such study was conducted in 2005 by Caliper, a US based management consultancy firm and Aurora, a London firm dedicated to advancing the female cause.

Women More Persuasive

What they found was that women leaders are more persuasive, assertive and willing to take more risks than male leaders and have a stronger need to get things done.

Women leaders also were found to be more empathic and flexible, as well as stronger in interpersonal skills than their male counterparts.

These qualities combine to create a leadership style that is inclusive, open, consensus building, collaborative and collegial,” according to Herb Greenberg, Ph.D., President and Chief Executive Officer of Caliper, “We should emphasize that the male leaders in this study were also exceptional in these areas. But the women leaders set a new standard,”adds Dr. Greenberg.

As a footnote, the women leaders in the United Kingdom and the United States share very similar, very strong profiles.

What do you think about women leaders? Different? Better? Just the same as the blokes? Seen too few to make a judgement?

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Posted on January 18th, 2009 by

2 Responses to “Do Women Make Better Leaders than Men?”

  1. Patricia Cresswell says:

    Very interesting and thought provoking article. Made me think of ‘The X & Y of Leadership’ by Liz Cook & Brian Rothwell.

  2. Jane says:

    Thanks Patricia. I’ll check that book out!

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