Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Better Bosses! Men Or Women.. (Nice Article)

There is a well Known Belief, that Men makes Better Bosses than Women...

There are two facets to the issue – the fact that women have an exerting authority and the problem people have in accepting that authority. “While some people like to get into the nitty-gritty of the deliverables, others prefer to delegate tasks and entrust work to the team members. And this depends primarily on the personality of the boss and not gender.

Exerting control at work is definitely a matter of attitude, not gender and attitude comes from self-confidence. In fact, today our male counterparts recognise the talent that we bring to a meeting and ‘that talent’ is actually in some way genderbased, as there are some things that only women can bring in. If as women we
believe in our roles and know that we are adding value, exerting control is going to be effortless,” emphasises Reshma Budhia, division head, Corporate Marketing.

Certainly, ability cannot be evaluated with respect to gender. Nevertheless, the bias against women persists in some industries. “It is widely perceived in the industry that female bosses are not good bosses and given lesser respect and are less popular among employees. Across industries whenever female bosses try to exercise control, it is often not wellreceived. They have to constantly soften their leadership style to gain acceptability within the team. If they try to exert control and command respect, they face
tough barriers,” agrees Mridul Shekar, manager – human resource and organisation development, Corbus. She adds, “However, contrary to the perception, female bosses are compassionate, empathetic, patient, detail-oriented and organised.
These qualities give them an edge of being more understanding and tolerable, over their male counterparts.” So, how do we tackle the problem of prejudice against female superiors? “As a maledominated society, the change in employee’s attitude can only come with promoting merit over gender issues. The HR department of the organisation should work towards bridging the gap in the gender disparity within the organisations. One should encourage learning and development for both genders and promote a gender sensitive approach within the organisation.

Apart from this, the male staff should
be inducted to change their attitude towards their female counterparts. In turn, the female managers should be trained on exhibiting themselves as bosses/leaders, irrespective of their gender quotient. They must be less emotional and more logical in their approach,” advises Shekar. Budhia feels that somewhere the problem lies with women themselves as they are not sure of themselves. “A woman employee is no more uncommon and women bosses are present across all roles. We, as women, have to stop trying to constantly prove ourselves just because we are women. Instead, we need to just focus on working hard and achieving results.

This change in our perspective will change our attitude to work and will reflect in the way we communicate with others. The attitude change has to come from us. This will automatically make us successful and eliminate several challenges that are genderrelated,” she says!

Source: TOI

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