Women in Leadership - research from business

Well, apparently women are out-performing men in the business world, although they are under-represented in senior positions. Research conducted by Jack Zenger and Joseph Folkman suggested that in 360 degree reviews, women (on average) were perceived as more competent on many criteria such as initiative, integrity, developing others, inspiring others, driving for results etc. than men (on average). Obviously in a survey of 7280 leaders there were some exceptional leaders and some below average leaders, but the difference was statistically significant.

You can see some of the discussion here and here, or do some Googling yourself!

So... why are women, on average, perceived as better leaders than men? I'd be interested in your thoughts!


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