Survey: Male bosses are more pragmatic than women

There is no typical female or male boss, but a survey indicates that men cope better with management positions.

There are no typical female or male bosses in Slovakia.There are no typical female or male bosses in Slovakia. (Source: AP/TASR)

Women in management positions tend to be empathetic but also at times malicious, while men tend to be stubborn and pragmatic. These are some of the findings of a survey carried out by the 2muse agency for the Poštová Banka bank on a sample of 860 respondents in Slovakia.

While there does not appear to be a typical female or male boss, it seems that men cope better with management positions, stated most of the respondents in the survey.

“These spontaneous answers reflect the experience of individual respondents with various superiors, and they’ve shown that there’s no typical female or male boss,” said Lýdia Žáčková, spokesperson for the Poštová Banka, as cited by the TASR newswire. “While some said that women are more sensitive and tolerant, others said that men are more understanding and women are stricter.

In general, the respondents said that men are better at making quick decisions, while women are more able to consider the risks at the same time.

“As many as 70 percent of female respondents said that ‘to a considerable extent, bosses in skirts’ create conflicts in the workplace,” said Žáčková.

On the other hand, subordinates criticised male bosses for too much stubbornness, aloofness and a lack of empathy and personal interest in their staff, said Žáčková, adding that six out of ten women also resent the unwillingness of male bosses to accept the opinions of subordinate women.

Nevertheless, both men and women generally concurred that men are better in management posts due to their ability to act in a rational and pragmatic manner. Simultaneously most respondents preferred a mixed collective where the management was balanced in terms of gender. Most working Slovaks (69 percent) assume that this contributes to the better performance of companies.

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