Gender politics is tricky. Are women more effective at leading? Are men and women really that different? Why are there fewer women in the C-suite?
Here is some research and ideas on just those topics.
Are companies led by women more effective?
This article says so.
To balance it out, try this look at the blind spots for men and women at work. One of the authors is John Gray, who made a best-selling hit in the 1990’s with Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus. His insights are always generalisations (and as we know, all generalisations are lies, even this one).
Why so few women at C-suite level?
Research outlined in the Harvard Business Review says that men and women are treated differently (they used sensors to prove it). Read it here. Some of the take outs:
- Women are underrepresented in the C-suite, receive lower salaries, and are less likely to receive a critical first promotion to manager than men. Numerous causes have been suggested, but one argument that persists points to differences in men and women’s behavior
- This study shows that “Gender inequality is due to bias, not differences in behavior…gender differences may lie not in how women act but in how people perceive their action. e.g. men are perceived as more responsible when they have children, while women are seen as being less committed to work”