So Wait, Women Aren’t Bad Bosses?


Every few years we are subjected to a new study declaring women make bad bosses. And every few years, I like to remind people bad bosses make bad bosses – and they come in both female and male variety.

The latest study is from British clothing chain Hobbs. The company surveyed 2,500 workers and found 34 percent of women and 25 percent of men prefer a male boss. Coverage of the study has been damning.

From The Telegraph: Hobbs CEO: ‘Women prefer a male boss because female leaders lack personality’

The Daily Mail: Women bosses lack personality because they ‘feel pressure to be superhuman,’ says female Hobbs chief

Cambridge News: POLL: The battle of the sexes at work: Do more of us really prefer to have a

The Telegraph again: Are women really such awful bosses?

This last article says, “power-crazed hyenas” like the fictitious Miranda Priestley” are not as far removed from real life as we might like to think.”

But actually, the majority of men and women surveyed, 61 percent, have no preference whether their boss is male or female. But hey, that would make a boring headline now wouldn’t it?


5 comments for “So Wait, Women Aren’t Bad Bosses?

  1. August 15, 2013 at 4:52 pm

    The worst boss I ever had was female, and the best boss, male. However, I’ve also had terrific female bosses and horrible male bosses. It’s truly NOT gender-specific.

  2. August 20, 2013 at 11:16 am

    Studies doing qualitative comparisons between men and women should just stop – they make no sense. Let’s agree that we are different, and that we can be as good or as bad as we want.


  3. August 28, 2013 at 9:31 pm

    I totally agree with this statement ” Women bosses lack personality because they ‘feel pressure to be superhuman,” because they are afraid to make mistakes and often feel offended when corrected. Man are more strong willed and willing to do any risks.

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