This summer a study from the Gallup Organization caught my eye. The findings indicated that overwhelmingly (80 percent) both men and women prefer male bosses. This led the Harvard Business School and Forbes’ Facebook sites to conduct informal straw polls that also showed people prefer a male boss to a female one. The comments were wild.
I’ve had only female bosses. But through my male friendships (the ones where no romance has been involved), I could see how a male boss would mean less drama. Most respondents argue that males are more effective leaders in the workforce because they are less dramatic and can separate home and office better.
As most know, I’m working on a larger piece about powerful women and insecurity. One subject recently admitted to me that she was afraid to mentor younger women because she didn’t want her position threatened. This feeling is disturbing because we need more women leaders right now mentoring younger women since we’re still making 75 cents to a man’s dollar, and women make up only 7.6 percent of the CEOs of Fortune 500 companies.
I ask everyone: what has been your experience with female bosses? (You can post without having to put an e-mail address). Women, do you feel a loss of mentorship with female bosses?Tweet