When most of us were little, at some point we heard some little girls telling the boys how much smarter girls were than boys. A new study is agreeing with the little girls on the playground, revealing that women are better leaders.
A recent study took a poll of over 7,200 leaders in the year 2011. They were all rated on 16 different competencies in different positions such as managers and executives. Out of these 16, women scored higher on 15, with 12 of them being significantly higher than men. Two of the biggest traits that men didn’t quite measure up as well as their female counterparts were initiative and drive.
These ratings, that were given to the leaders, were handed out by co-workers, bosses, and peers. Although there were more men in the study than women, women still dominated in almost every leadership competency and were highly recommended by their peers.
Women are better at building teams and relationships in the workplace, the study found. They are well-liked and more respected than men, and can also bring a combination of logic and intuition into their ideas, which makes for a well-rounded solution to problems.
There are some theories that are brought about by this staggering study as to why there are not more female leaders in the world. One of the theories is that women do not promote themselves as much as men do. Women tend to throw everything they have into their current roles as opposed to looking at the future and seeing what they can do to move up.
Another theory is that this is still a very much male-oriented society. A higher positioned man will be more likely to hire another man for a high level position as opposed to a woman, due to our views in society.