Leadership Style of Men and Women Essays

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Leadership Style of Men and Women Women do have different leadership styles from men. As Bodyshop founder Anita Roddick says: ‘I run my company according to feminine principles – principles of caring, making intuitive decisions, not getting hung up on hierarchy, having a sense of work as being part of your life, not separate from it; putting your labour where your love is, being responsible to the world in how you use your profits; recognising the bottom line should stay at the bottom’. The problem with actually mapping these differences is that the successful male managerial stereotype is so strongly embedded in organisational life that female managers are pressured to conform to it, thereby confusing research results.…show more content…
Most senior female managers have no children, believing that the combination of a career and a family is untenable. This is in stark contrast to the majority of senior male managers who have children and a wife at home to support them. Today’s culture of long working hours is exacerbating the problem. Many senior women managers are simply voting with their feet, as Brenda Barnes, president and CEO of Pepsi Cola North America, did to spend more time with her children. This is not an isolated example. A few years ago the management of Deloitte & Touche in the US realised that 90% of the women had gone by partnership time. Style matters Time after time in management development programmes at Cranfield, women managers demonstrate their different working styles. Using the Myers Briggs Type Indicator male managers consistently come out predominantly as Traditionalists (a mix of ‘sensing’ and ‘judgmental’). In contrast, female managers emerge as significantly more ‘intuitive’, combined with either ‘thinking’ as visionaries or ‘feeling’ as catalysts. The natural strength of the visionary is being strategic, while that of the catalyst is fostering higher productivity by personally motivating people. The problem with letting males dominate organisations, as we do, is that leadership style is narrowly defined. Whilst women constitute 41% of the

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