Is There a Real Women's Leadership Advantage?

March 17, 2016

Management Magazine dug into research to uncover some findings about areas of leadership where women really do exceed.

This article was first published in the Fall 2015 issue of Management Magazine.

Common stereotypes portray women leaders as more nurturing, intuitive and compassionate than their men peers. But is this true? Are women better leaders than men in some areas, but not others?

Pew Perceptions

In November 2014, the Pew Research Center conducted a survey of 1,835 adults and asked them about their perceptions of women and men as business leaders.

Women's Leadership Advantage


Engaging Women

Gallup’s 2015 report “State of the American Manager: Analytics and Advice for Leaders” looked at the impact of the gender of managers on employee engagement. They discovered that employees managed by a woman are, on average, more likely to be engaged than those managed by men. Not only that, female managers are more likely to be engaged at work themselves (41%), compared to their male counterparts (35%).

Leading Companies, Leading Women

In 2011, leadership consultants Jack Zenger and Joe Folkman conducted 360 degree evaluations of 7,280 leaders in high- performing international companies. Results of their analysis concluded that women overall performed statistically better than men in 12 of 16 core leadership competencies.

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