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Do men make better leaders then women?
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kentuckyjoe2
Apr 05, 2011
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Men make better leaders than women


skiingfool435
Apr 05, 2011
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I don't know about better, but numbers suggest that men and women both prefer male leaders. http://pewresearch.org/pubs/932/men-or-women-whos-the-better-leader

This is echoed across the leadership spectrum.

 
skiingfool435
Apr 06, 2011
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Look, I didn't think this was a particularly good debate topic, I just thought I'd share that bit of information. Obviously preference doesn't reflect reality, but it isn't a weak trend. Some of the best opinion polling sites, Pew, Gallup, all have documented this trend. http://www.forbes.com/2010/05/27/women-boss-success-forbes-woman-leadership-work.html

 
skiingfool435
Apr 06, 2011
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I agree. But I also think the issue is more complicated than simple sexism. Look at the last study I posted--women preferred male bosses by a greater percentage than did men.

 
skiingfool435
Apr 05, 2011
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Yeah. I wasn't going to wade into this one. I think I've known as many bad as good female or male leaders.

 
skiingfool435
Apr 05, 2011
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Fair, but you can see similar examples. People prefer people with moderately deep voices, we prefer larger people, etc. I've seen quite a few similar polls.

 
skiingfool435
Apr 05, 2011
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I agree, but they are traits that men generally have, and they are traits which people might use as a metric for preference.

 
james67
Apr 12, 2011
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It depends on what they are to lead and their level of education/capabilities rather than the gender.

 
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Women make better leaders than men


accipiter
Apr 05, 2011
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The only thing I would question in that research are the questions being asked to get the result.

 
accipiter
Apr 05, 2011
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Seeing similar polls is fine but I would still like to see the wording on the questions. If all the polls are asking similar questions you are going to get similar results.
Personal preference on voice sound on size don't really have anything to do with the leadership qualities.

 
teachme
Apr 05, 2011
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Thanks anyway for the link...the question is not what most people prefer, or are used to...but who generally makes better leaders. Most of the great leaders who stand out in my life have been women...strong, fair, intelligent, and capable women...who work exceptionally hard, and don't take their position, or you, for granted.

 
accipiter
Apr 05, 2011
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Preference for physical attributes still does not translate. I submit the polls must be skewed in some way.

 
teachme
Apr 07, 2011
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sex·ism   /ˈsɛksɪzəm/ –noun

1. attitudes or behavior based on traditional stereotypes of sexual roles.
2. discrimination or devaluation based on a person's sex, as in restricted job opportunities; especially, such discrimination directed against women. (Dictionary.com)

Wikipedia... "Sexism, a term coined in the mid-20th century,[1] is the belief or attitude that one sex is inherently superior to, more competent than, or more valuable than the other. It can also include this type of discrimination in regards to gender."

Where does it say that sexism has to be directed towards a woman by a man? Many women are guilty of sexism, as well.

 
teachme
Apr 06, 2011
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"In the United States, women are increasingly praised for having excellent skills for leadership and, in fact, women, more than men, manifest leadership styles associated with effective performance as leaders."

Since you are using polls as your argument, I thought I would submit one here, which shows women are preferred as better leaders.

http://www.legalsupportnetwork.co.uk/index.php/news/details/most_people_prefer_a_female_boss_poll_suggests/

 
teachme
Apr 06, 2011
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No matter who did the poll, what questions were asked, or even how they were asked...polls tend to reflect the times and cultural biases. It's going to take awhile for some men (and women) to respect women as their "superior." Unfortunately, that has little to do with whether, or not, women in positions of authority are worthy of the position. It has to do with the fact that they are women...pure and simple. One third of those polled in one of the studies that showed women were preferred as leaders, said that gender doesn't matter...and really it shouldn't.

 
theenemyisprofit
Apr 06, 2011
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No, it's to the contrary. The main barrier to agreeing with this is women's historical contributions being unacknowledged. Women tend to make better, more militant leaders because they are more oppressed than men and have less to lose.

 


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