Women more suited to leadership than men, report finds

Women more suited to leadership than men, report finds

A recent study enacted by Professor Øyvind L Martinsen has found that women are better suited to leadership roles than men.

Her report looked at five categories, including: initiative and clear communication, openness and ability to innovate, sociability and supportiveness, and methodical management.

The study analysed the characteristics of over 2,900 management-level employees. This group comprised of approximately 900 senior management workers, 900 public sector workers and 900 women - WeAreTheCity reports. 

In four of the five categories, women scored higher than men – the only place they seemed to falter was in emotional stability and the ability to bear stress.

Speaking on the results, Martinsen said: “Businesses must always seek to attract customers and clients and to increase productivity and profits.

“Our results indicate that women naturally rank higher, in general, than men in their abilities to innovate and lead with clarity and impact.

“These findings pose a legitimate question about the construction of management hierarchy and the current dispensation of women in these roles.”

Professor Lars Glasø, who also helped conduct the research, claimed that the results proved that women leaders are “decidedly more suited to management positions than their male counterparts".

He also warned that if decision-makers in businesses ignored this, then “they could effectively be employing less qualified leaders and impairing productivity".

Do you agree with the findings? Tell us in the comments…

  • Dr Mark White
    Dr Mark White
    Tue, 4 Apr 2017 2:28pm BST
    Great study but what about the findings:
    "In four of the five categories, women scored higher than men – the only place they seemed to falter was in emotional stability and the ability to bear stress."
    Like who needs leaders to be emotionally stable and be able to bear stress! I think this piece of the study could be re-worded.
  • Dr Pauline Crawford
    Dr Pauline Crawford
    Tue, 4 Apr 2017 1:10am BST
    I agree wholeheartedly. This article and the research behind it highlights accurately a current scenario that cannot be ignored. I study, design and deliver 'gender dynamics' as a new blueprint for co-collaborative working. We have 'new leadership' through the advancement of women into business and it's not just about women versus men, it's about different natures of women and their attributes impacting the nature of the culture of business as well as leadership. Wise men now value a 'feminine'leadership style - and be aware not all women are as good as this as all women. I study the variables among women's styles and that range can often lead to confusion as to what women are about. Overall the 'style of leadership' has been impacted by the now vast increase in women reaching influencing positions and their impact not only on business outputs, fiscal and customer wide, but also on the more balanced lifestyle their leadership can command. The issues about managing emotions and stress can be alleviated by men understanding that the 'rules of business' are changing forever...and acknowledgement of women's empowerment in leadership is perfectly and necessarily the best for today and for future evolution. 'Caring, nurturing and loving' in leadership positions is a positive and needs applause not criticism.

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