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Are Women Better Managers Than Men?

Your Two Cents: Are Women Better Managers Than Men?

In a recent interview with the New York Times, Carol Smith, who is senior vice president and chief brand officer for the Elle Group, said women are "hands down" better managers than men. She even went so far as to add "There’s no contest."

In my experience, female bosses tend to be better managers, better advisers, mentors, rational thinkers. Men love to hear themselves talk. I’m so generalizing. I know I am. But in a couple of places I’ve worked, I would often say, “Call me 15 minutes after the meeting starts and then I’ll come,” because I will have missed all the football. I will have missed all the “what I did on the golf course.” I will miss the four jokes, and I can get into the meeting when it’s starting.

As a woman, the bold stance intrigued me, particularly having just read about Shari Storm's Motherhood Is the New MBA: Using Your Parenting Skills to Be a Better Boss. Do you think it's true?

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mek123 mek123 7 years
It depends on the person, not the gender. The best manager and the worst were both woman.
Zivanod Zivanod 7 years
I've had male and female mangers. So far, the male ones have been better overall. The women were nuts but I think it was just those particular people.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 7 years
The comments interest me more than the story. I have had both male and female managers and I've found that it really depends on the person. Like Hater, I also work in politics. However, I have found the exact opposite of what she's found. The women in our office are all supportive of one another and several have gone out of their way to make sure my work has been noticed.
Smacks83 Smacks83 7 years
Most if not all the women I've worked for have been catty, always brought their personal problems to work, hyper-competitive (even though its a "group" thing)and like magick said, they have worked hard to not let me be promoted (or when I was, would be mean about it). I liked working for men because I feel they are more direct, have thicker skin and can be more aloof about things. Funny enough, my bf hates working for men and loves working for women (he thinks they posture less and don't have the alpha male mentality). And Syako is right, I call BS on the whole "15 minutes thing". How about you be a real manager and make sure the discussions stay professional during meetings versus allowing them to behave like children that must be indulged?
syako syako 7 years
That woman's "call me 15 minutes after the meeting starts" attitude is so wrong. How about be a real manager and start your meetings on time yourself and keep things on topic from the get go. My experience is that gender has nothing to do with it. I've had amazing female managers and equally good male managers.
tiff58 tiff58 7 years
I think it is completely dependent on the person. I have worked for some pretty good female managers, and awful managers as well. I have to say that the best manager I've had was a man- but so was the worst.
HaterTot HaterTot 7 years
No way. Maybe in the case of men working for women they're okay, but I have never had a positive experience with a female manager. They have all been petty, competitive with me when we're supposed to be part of the same team, jealous, underhanded and all around awful. I work in a male dominated field (politics & policy) and so instead of the women supporting one another, it seems like the ones I've encountered have done everything in their power to tear each other down. I bust my ass to make sure that I'm not that kind of manager, and I think most women who have worked for me would say it was a positive experience. At least I hope so. But generally speaking, NO women are not better managers than men. Far, far, far from it.
girlwparasol girlwparasol 7 years
Honestly? I hate female managers. In my various jobs, I've had excellent managers, and awful managers, and while I'd love to say the split was 50/50 as far as gender went, it wasn't. It very, very clearly wasn't. Unfortunately, there's a LOT of truth in what magickalrealis said. It'd be lovely to live in a world where managers rewarded good work, and only punished poor or inappropriate behaviour, but women can be so terribly *catty*, and their systems of reward and punishment often have little to do with actual performance, but rather are based on favouritism or jealousy.
Antioxidant Antioxidant 7 years
It very much depends on the person. Some people, whether male or female, are just not management material.
Spectra Spectra 7 years
My current manager is a woman and she's fantastic. She's incredibly organized and very involved in every aspect of how everything runs in the lab. My former manager was a man and he was awful...not that men are bad managers in general, but this guy sure was. He basically left the lab decisions up to us and didn't want to be bothered most of the time.
magickalrealism magickalrealism 7 years
I've worked for more female bosses than male bosses, and frankly, I've had a rotten time working with other women. If they think you have potential and are pre-menopausal, they will do whatever they can to block advancement of another woman's career (this is just my experience.) There are exceptions to the rule, but I've met very few.
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