Monday February 20, 2012
Can a Woman Make a Good Boss?
Can a woman make a good boss?
At a glance, this question sounds like provoking a controversy, but the truth is, researchers have always been captivated with the study of women's capability in leadership position.
One way to think about this question further is to look at the quality of women often showcased when they are in a leadership position. Women generally are perceived to be of weaker gender. Once assigned in a leadership position, a woman will try hard to prove this a myth. With this in mind, they are driven to deliver high-impact performance to convince the organization that they can lead, govern, motivate and produce results.
More than half of women believe in working hard. They believe respect should be earned, not commanded; an opposite character of many men out there.
Honesty is also one good quality found in many women. When they appreciate a certain quality of a subordinate, they tell the person.
Additionally, women are generally detail orientated and aggressive when motivating staff. Unlike men, they do not simply delegate jobs without monitoring the capability of their subordinates in task executions. It is more difficult to convince a female boss than a male counterpart that you can do your job, but once the trust is there, working with a woman superior can be a rewarding endeavour.
Women are prone to occasional—and sometimes, regular—emotional swing especially when stress levels are high. But this can be mitigated with the right kind of support from the team.
Women exhibit admirable enterprising attributes when they run a small business. If you work for a small business, there is a one in three likelihood your boss is a woman. They are creative, dynamic and strategic. As the organization gets bigger, women will face much opposition, but there have been examples of those who persevered and made it really big in the corporate world. Do you remember Datuk Maznah Hamid, Malaysia's very own iron lady? She started a very small security company and grew it into a giant corporation with over 4,000 employees.
In Malaysia, currently, women makes up between 47–48 percent of the employment workforce. That is roughly half of the country's overall total workers. Out of this percentage, approximately 15–18 percent is holding various key positions in their organisation. But this statistic is about to change soon.
In mid 2011, the cabinet approved a new policy that would see women filling up at least 30% decision-making positions in the corporate sector. It is another sign of the government realising and appreciating women as a key component to drive the country towards its goals.
So back again to the question: Can a woman make a good boss? The answer is quite obvious. She can, and she will.
Zulkifli Musa is a writer and content developer. He is the editor of SKOR Career, a Malaysia-based career news and development portal.