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Female bosses more popular, report suggests


Nearly two out of five employees prefer female to male bosses because they feel they are both more understanding and more assertive. Cath Everett reports.

According to a survey among 1,182 UK workers undertaken by HR consultancy Reabur, only 29% preferred having a male as their manager, while a third thought gender was irrelevant.
Of those polled, just over three out of five had a male manager, just under a quarter a female one and 11% had both. But only just under one in five respondents believed that they had a good relationship with their male boss compared with 28% who were on good terms with a female counterpart.
In three out of five cases where respondents preferred a female boss, meanwhile, it was because they were considered more understanding. Some 38% felt more comfortable discussing personal issues with a female leader, while 21% felt intimidated by a male superior compared with only 12% of women managers.
Georgina Read, co-founder of Reabur, said: "I can understand that some would find it easier to confide in a women or man, but I think it's just a personal preference. A boss is a person who should always be approachable and it's important that all managers handle sensitive situations gracefully and discretely."
But a 51% of those questioned also felt that female bosses were more organised and just over a quarter believed they were more assertive.
On the other hand, some 43% felt that male managers were more capable in the workplace, while 51% said that they respected their male boss. The same applied to only 42% of female superiors, however.

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