Strengths of male and female bosses

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men and women at work

Most people say it does not matter if their boss is a man or a woman, although there is a huge difference between qualities including a sense of humour, communicating and being confident, according to a new study.

A survey of more than 2,500 adults by women's fashion chain Hobbs found that women managers were said to be better organised and good at communications and listening to their staff than men.


Male bosses were regarded as being more inspiring, logical, friendly and having a better sense of humour.

A third of women and one in four men said they would prefer to work for a male boss, although 61% said it did not matter.
Hobbs, which has a male chairman and an all-female board, said the findings suggested that women managers suffered a lack of confidence.

Chief executive Nicky Dulieu said: "It is clear that women need more support in building not only their own confidence in the workplace, but also confidence in one another.

"This seems particularly important in the early years of a woman's career when she she appears to have a tendency to look to men as her preferred leader."

Hobbs chairman Iain MacRitchie added: "Working in a majority female board I have seen at first hand all the required leadership qualities, creativity and confidence.

"Male bosses are deemed to have more confidence - having less confidence in their own abilities really hinders women.

"This confidence inequality can be addressed positively through more active support and encouragement from both genders."

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