The Battle of the Sexes at the Workplace
In today’s corporate scenario, it is an increasingly difficult task for managers to choose between genders while recruiting people for their teams. We asked several managers for their opinions about this issue, and were surprised at how clearly demarcated the lines were.
Female executives are more supportive and rewarding. They possess a higher level of compassion and a deep rooted team building spirit. Female leaders also score significantly higher than their male counterparts in persuasiveness and assertiveness. When it comes to challenges, women are not afraid to take them and even ask for more. The image of women working overtime is not something unfamiliar with managers in companies. They seek recognition, which leads them to work harder and faster. Women are also usually willing to work on vacations and rarely spend their sick days on recreation activities.
On the other hand, men tend to adopt cutting-edge technology faster and rely on it more than women. Regarding salaries, men are likely to negotiate higher salaries in the first place. When minimally prepared, men believe that they can manage well, which is completely in contrast with women, who feel unprepared no matter how prepared they are. Men tend to get more promotions than women because their mentors are mostly senior-executives. A study revealed that both males and females build their social network comprising of people of the same gender, and as high-level management tends to be male dominated, men are placed in a better position to be promoted.
Despite the differences outlined above, we all know that it is barely ever a case of black and white. The ability to understand and utilize the different strengths of men and women can make a successful leader. As a result, executives should utilize both the masculine and feminine qualities of their employees if they want to effectively improve their companies’ performance.