We have come a long way in society to narrow the wage gap between men and women. We are also seeing more women in executive level positions in large companies 😀 But females are still disproportionately represented in corporate leadership roles 😐 For example, compare the Senior Management team to the other staff members of the company below. Click image to enlarge.
I read an article recently that suggests part of the reason it’s still more difficult for women to climb the corporate ladder than men, is because of women themselves 😯 A recent Gallup poll in the U.S. shows that 41% of Americans don’t have a preference which gender their boss is. However 35% preferred a male boss, and only 23% prefer a female boss. What’s surprising to me is that more women in the poll (40%) than men (29%) said they would prefer a male boss. I thought girls would want to stick together, but the research says otherwise ( ･_･)
There appears to be some kind of conflict of emotions when women witness other women get into positions of power and authority. On the one hand everyone celebrates the accomplishments of hard working women as they achieve success in the corporate world, much of which is still dominated by men. Yeah! girl power! 😀 But on the other hand, it’s often women who perpetuate the worst stereotypes about working for other women. As one editorial director puts it “Everyone applauds when they shatter that glass ceiling. Then they pick up the shards, and start cutting away.” Yikes 😕
But why do female bosses get such a bad reputation? According to Doctor Robi Ludwig, a woman, bad female bosses may have Queen Bee Syndrome, which describes the “actions of the alpha female in the workplace who tries to preserve power at all costs.” She explains how this is a very real and common thing.
Instead of promoting her younger counterparts, she feels threatened by them, judges them, talks about them and, in many cases, ends up obstructing their attempts to climb the corporate ladder…. According to one group of German researchers, women who reported to female supervisors had higher cases of depression, headaches, heartburn and insomnia than if their bosses were men. ~Dr. Robi Ludwig
I know there are genuinely good female bosses in the world 😀 so maybe these negative stereotypes perpetuated in the media are overblown. Would you want your next boss to be a man or a woman? Personally I’ve enjoyed working with all of my previous bosses, both men and women 😀 so I don’t have a preference. Below are some online reactions to the article I read, from random commentators on the interwebs 🙂
- I am female but some of the worst bosses I’ve had were female. Most can do the job as well as or better than a man IMO but the attitude and treatment they can give out to underlings is just OMG.
- The biggest problem with female Bosses are their mood swings and PMS tan-drums in the work place…
- I can count 6 horrible bosses that I had. Incidentally they are all women.