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Do women tend to differ from men in their management styles? If so, how?
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Thu, Nov 17, 2005, 9:35 PM
Publications, New York City
Women in Management
...the major difference between women in leadership is that they must prove themselves worthy to men, often through experiences and insights that might have occurred along the way that prepared them for sensitivity and to diversity in their roles.
Fri, Feb 10, 2006, 3:23 PM
M Foster, West Hollywood
If women leaders are true to themselves--i.e., they behave like women, not like women behaving like men to get ahead in the corporate world--they are often more patient, intuitive, relaxed and collaborative in their management styles. Men (at least most of those I have worked with) are more hierarchical and tend to force things, whether or not those things want or need to be forced. Sometimes hierarchy and force succeed, and sometimes they don't...
Fri, May 05, 2006, 6:30 PM
In my experience it depends how secure the woman is both in herself and in her position. The same holds true for men. The deal breaker is that men (particularly white men) are born into social privilege. They have a kind of confidence gleaned from their patriarchal birthright that allows them more ease when it comes to things like asking for raises or firing someone.
Whereas women seem more likely than men to try and 'prove' themselves through extreme rule following, playing favorites with male employees in an effort to 'get in the boys club' or some female mangers will ally themselves with other female staff members in exclusion of the men.
This is by no mean what every female manager is like. But I've seen these symptoms a lot. I've also seen female managers, particularly those with children, completely empathize with employees, understand the bottom line, communicate VERY effectively, and what seems most consistent is being able to delegate work fairly and thoroughly.
Although I've made some sweeping generalizations and accusations, ultimately it seems styles vary on individuals, not gender.
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