The Characteristics of Women Managers

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The Characteristics of Women Managers

Working women managers are more competent (capable) than male

managers, showing differences in management and leadership skills.

Janet Irwin co-author for the 1997 survey study of Women are better

bosses stated that "Women are stronger than men overall in both

interpersonal skills and managerial effectiveness".

Also studies showed that on average females are rated higher overall

than males in certain areas such as high productivity, meeting

schedules and deadlines, meeting commitments, recognising trends and

interpersonal side. Men and women scored equally on delegating

authority and men were rated higher in handling pressure and coping

with their own frustration.

Irwin had also stated that "While there has been much speculation

about the capabilities of women, research had shown that women

managers are more competent across the board than their male

counterparts. As women have historically been expected to play

supportive and co-operative role, women have learned how to manage

effectively without relying on the control of resources and power to

motivate other."

From rosemary Stewart (1963) wide-ranging study, Shattering the Glass

Ceiling: The Women manager, Marilyn Davidson and Cary Cooper (1992)

pointed out that women are not disqualified from management roles by

ability, personality or aspiration.

Women managers on the other hand, can have a combination of masculine

and feminine attributes know as "androgyny", which means being

decisive and emotionally expressive, independent and tender,

aggressive and gentle, assertive and yielding.

Women are not disqualified by persona...

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...a major share of domestic responsibilities and unable to

fulfil a demand for a full-time commitment to a career for the whole

of their working lives.

· Low aspiration (ambition) amongst women themselves. Where their

needs are always changing and are unable to keep to decisions.

· Lack commitment can lead to loss of concentration the work job.

· Women have unrealistic expectations, e.g. want the organisation to

be friendly.

· They can be more sensitive to issues and can be more emotional.

· Say 'family are more important' than to go to work. In other words

tend to put their family as their main propriety.

· Some can be spiteful towards other female staff.


1) Organization & Behaviour- Buchanan & Huczynski, 1997

2) Business Management- R.Bennett, 1994

3) Women on Board, PSI, 1991
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