Differences and Similarities in Men and Women Leadership Sty

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A leader is a person who performs such functions as motivating employees, directing others, selecting the most effective communication channels, and resolving conflict. There is much argument over who is a better leader a man or woman. Many men and women have become successful leaders with their own style and perception. Some studies have suggested that there are a lot of differences in the style that men and women use while leading. More frequently studies suggest that there are more similarities in the styles. Both men and women have become thriving leaders. Some people suggest that a man is a superior leader than a woman because the men have greater leadership styles. Some of characteristics such as task oriented, and assertiveness are usually perceived to be a part of an efficient manager are associated with men. They are also believed to be superior because of their early involvement in team sports. Others argue that the differences in their styles cause women to have the upper hand because of their higher interpersonal sensitivity and human relations skills. An effective leader tends to listen, motivate, and provide support to their employees. Women seem to do these things better than a men. Also the style Continue...


(Kawakami 2) Very few studies have shown big differences in leadership styles. More studies show that there are no differences in men and women leadership styles. (Lewis 1) This is structured behavior. (Robbins 331) "The strongest pressure in the world can be a friendly pressure, wrote Lester Pearson, former prime minister of Canada. (Kawakami 3) All of these differences in men and women characteristics can affect the way a person perceives you. Men tend to be more directive and they use a command-and-control style. (White 2) In the 1980's a researcher named Bradley discovered that masculine-acting leaders were not well liked by their peers; therefore, this suggests that women and men should act normal and they will be liked for who they are. Studies show that there is support for both theories in the perceptions of masculine and feminine leadership styles. (Kawakami 2) "In regards to leadership effectiveness and the gender, there are no significant differences between perceived effectiveness and the gender of a leader. A survey found that only 11 percent of Fortune 500 board members were women. The gender stereotype of women as warm, and nurturing and the corresponding stereotype of men as cold, and authoritarian may contribute to the popular perception that women are less effective. Some studies show that when feminine characteristics are used the employees don't respect the leader as much as they would if they used masculine characteristics. These studies show that whether a woman uses a masculine or feminine approach, it makes no difference in their effectiveness as long as they are mindful. Men rely on their formal authority while women rely on their charisma and interpersonal skills to influence their employees. A leader must be able to balance all four components in order to be the best that they can be.