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Women prefer working for male bosses

August 14, 2009 11:17 IST

A majority of women employees prefer having a male boss, a new study has revealed.

The study, conducted by, revealed that two-thirds of women prefer working for male bosses because they are better managers and less prone to moods.

Many female employees also like having a man in charge because they are ''more authoritative'' and ''more straight-talking'' than their female counterparts.

Women rated men ''tougher'', ''better at delegation'' and also more likely to regularly dish out praise.
They even said that men are better decision-makers and have more grasp of the business overall than women do.

The poll also revealed that four out of ten women who have female bosses believe they could do a better job than their immediate superior.

The study of 2,000 women in full or part-time employment asked whether they would prefer to have a man or woman as their immediate line manager.

"The results make interesting reading as there were pros and cons to both sexes," the Telegraph quoted a spokesman for as saying.

"The research found while women are good at dealing with employees'' personal issues within the office environment most felt men were better at ''steering the ship''.

"Men were also revealed to be better at having an overall vision of the direction the business was going to take over the long-term.

"But women were better at dealing with those slightly uncomfortable issues that pop up from time to time because they were felt to be better listeners than men.

"On the other hand many women felt they could do as good or even better than their female boss while only a handful said they could emulate their male manager.

"The results do paint a picture of men being a bit harder and more driven, but that isn't always the kind of approach which is needed," added the spokesman.

Almost 63 per cent of participants in the research expressed a male preference, while only 37 per cent opted for a woman.

The results also revealed that one in six women who currently work under a woman is experiencing ''underlying tension'' between themselves and their boss.

One of the reasons for the trend could be a feeling that female managers felt threatened by other women at work.

Another reason could be a failure to leave personal problems at home.

Do you agree that male bosses are better at 'steering the ship'?

In your experience, are women bosses more prone to moods and thus more difficult to work with?

Are women bosses better listeners and therefore more compassionate?

Would you prefer working for a man or woman?

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Source: ANI
Tags: Telegraph