There have been many studies done on why women do not make good leaders, examples such as interpersonal barriers that include gender prejudice, lack of emotional support/access to informal networks, and lack of white male mentors are some reasons stated in such studies. The following are the definitions of these examples. Gender prejudice implies that a good manager/leader needs to be masculine. Lack of emotional support/access to informal networks implies that men receive more information, feedback, and flexibility in their careers that woman do not. Finally if a female lacks a white male mentor they are less likely to achieve their career goals compared to if they do have a white male mentor (PSWC, 2017).
I believe that woman in most instances make better leaders than their male counterparts because they tend to use a more democratic and participative style compared to many male leaders. This is not to say that their male counterparts do not use similar styles it is just that it is not used less often. I have had the pleasure to have two vary good examples of female leadership in my life up to this point. They have both have used a form of democratic and participative style to demonstrate their leadership. They have both been very good communicators which is key to effective leadership. They also are both great teaching new concepts and ideas. These two female leaders also have put the needs of others ahead of the needs of themselves.
On the other end of the spectrum I have also had the experience of having to deal with poor leadership from females. I do not necessarily believe it is because they are female, just that they are poor leaders. Some of the things that I believe made them poor leaders are that they lacked the necessary social skills needed to communicate with they followers. When a leader cannot communicate properly with a follower their message does not come across well. Often times these two managers tend to belittle and talk down to their followers, this tends to make the followers dislike and resent these managers. Another issue that I have found with these two managers is that they lack the capabilities to challenge their followers. I believe that their followers often become bored and complacent which effects productivity. The final thing that I have noticed when it comes to these two managers is that they do not function well with the good female leaders. Not only do their personalities clash with each other, also they do not work well together in-group projects. The reason for this I believe is that the good leaders are well liked and respected and the bad leaders are not at all liked.
The differences between good female leaders and bad female leaders are vast. However I believe this has nothing to do with their gender, it has to do with the fact that there are just bad leaders and good leaders and each gender has both. I truly believe that female leaders tend to be better leaders when it comes to a corporate setting.
Northouse, P.G. (2013). Leadership: Theory and Practice. Los Angeles: Sage Publications.