Women as bosses

Women as bossesWomen today have moved out of their homes and are occupying prestigious positions in the corporate world. Names like Indra Nooyi, Kiran Mazumdar Shaw, Anu Aga have become role models for one and all. Such achievements present a promising picture for female employees across sectors. However, questions have been raised time and again on how well do women fare as bosses and do Indian men really want female bosses?

An IT professional with more than a decade’s experience says, “Women are more sincere and detail oriented. They are also more accessible, understanding and compassionate. This perhaps comes naturally to them. They can make people feel at home easily. When employees are relaxed and comfortable they can carry out their duties efficiently. Men on the other hand have a laid back attitude and are more assertive.”

However, in Indian society we cannot really afford to write off male bosses because it is they who have been ruling the corporate world from time immemorial. It is only in recent years that more and more women are coming to power. There has been a lot of debate on whether men are better leaders than women or vice versa. In fact this whole business of managing or leading is perhaps not gender dependent.

A marketing manager clarifies the point. He says, “In my fifteen years of experience, I have worked under both male and female bosses. How effective one is as a boss depends entirely on one’s competence and not on the gender. Moreover, it is important that one should not suffer from an inferiority complex because of working under a female boss. If she is occupying a superior position today it is the result of her hard work and she deserves it. You should respect her and not dump her as a good for nothing. I have no issues accepting a female boss.” This attitude is indeed a positive sign for women in the corporate world.

The argument regarding which gender scores better as a boss will continue. A woman does have certain limitations, but the fact is that she is no less as a leader than her male counterpart. How well one performs as a boss perhaps depends on one’s personality and not on the biological status that one belongs to.

 

- Ranjita Chattopadhyay (views expressed in the article are that of the author)

 

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