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Sunday, 15 August 2010


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Dude, that Barbara Elen sounds like a real pain in the ass.

John Kimble

To be fair, one's gender doesn't automatically cause someone to be a good or bad boss. There are plenty of good/crap bosses of both genders.

People of different genders certainly do have different skills, I can always remember being particularly impressed by one seemingly unremarable woman who actually had the ability to remember literally thousands of people's names/faces after only meeting them perhaps once or twice. This is very much a female ability yet the gender feminists and the likes of the Guardian have a constant campaign to try to downplay such differences (there's a piece just the other day in the paper pretending everyone is the same).

From personal experience I'd find it highly plausible that people would slightly prefer male bosses on the whole. Just imagine how much such a preference is going to increase once positive discrimination becomes widespread as we have countless women in managerial jobs where they were far from the best candidate.


Barbara Ellen is quite right in the sense that sex may have little to do with it. The qualities and skills of a good manager ,perhaps summed up as firm but fair, probably aren't genetic. However there are any number of pundits saying women managers have "emotional" intelligence or more "soft skills" and teamworking. But of course this is blind alley, wanting to be liked or part of the team doesn't cut it whatever your sex. Quotas won't change this nor will some vain hope for softer workplaces. As managers experience globalisation and the tough new world they will have little time for more "feminine" management styles. Not because they are feminine or that management is "masculine". Just that the skills of leadership are just the same for man or woman. Just as men ambitious men have to learn this so too will ambitious women.


>Barbara Ellen is quite right in the sense that sex may have little to do with it

Other than the vast majority of bosses for whom people do not wish to work being of one particular sex, of course.


Well I wonder why then. Boringly it's because of different industries and occupations.


"Wives, submit to your husbands, as is fitting in the Lord. Husbands, love your wives and do not be harsh with them. Children, obey your parents in everything, for this pleases the Lord".


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