Women on top for leadership roles

A new Australian study has found that women are more suited to senior executive and management roles.

Researchers at Peter Berry Consultancy surveyed more than 1,800 Australian male and female executives and managers, using the Hogan Assessment System to rate the leaders in eight profile areas known to contribute to successful business leadership: strategic drive; risk taking; people skills; emotional stability; hot buttons; innovation; control and command; and bottom line dollars.

According to the report, Female leadership in Australia: What does it look like and how does it differ from their male counterparts?, in both groups of leaders, females scored highest in five key areas, while males scored higher in two areas and scores were even in one.

The key findings include:

  • Female executives scored higher than males for being ambitious, bold, mischievous, colourful and imaginative;
  • Males scored higher for commerce. “For men, money rules. Males measured success in financial terms. Females are driven by motivations other than money,” the report says;
  • Female executives also scored higher in the area of people skills for their sociability, interpersonal sensitivity and affiliation, but lower for being reserved;
  • Females come up in top when it comes to building emotional connections, trust and loyalty with others, the report says, making them a better choice than male executives for organisations that want people to feel valued; and
  • Males are out in front when it comes to control and command.

The report adds: “If you are looking for hard nosed, ‘take no prisoners’ performance, then males have the stronger profile… Males have scored higher on ‘control and command’ and ‘bottom line dollars’. Because they dominate executive positions, these two factors will set the tone of the culture for the whole of the organisation.”

So, what do you think?


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