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“Women better suited for leadership than men, research demonstrates”

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Female leaders are better suited for leadership than men, indicates a research study of nearly 3000 managers.

“For leaders, personality plays an even bigger role than for many other professions,” Research has identified five key traits that, overall, provide a good picture of our personality:

  • emotional stability,

  • extraversion (outgoing),

  • openness to new experiences,

  • agreeableness

  • conscientiousness.

“International research studies show that the most skilled leaders achieve high scores for all five traits,”

High scores in the five personality traits give us the following five characteristics of very effective leaders:

1. Ability to withstand job-related pressure and stress (leaders have a high degree of emotional stability).
2. Ability to take initiative, be clear and communicative (leaders are outgoing, with a high degree of extraversion).
3. Ability to innovate, be curious and have an ambitious vision (effective leaders have a high degree of openness to new experiences).
4. Ability to support, accommodate and include employees (effective leaders display a high degree of sociability).
5. Ability to set goals, be thorough and follow up (effective leaders are generally very methodical).

Women score higher than men

Female leaders score higher than men in four of the five personality traits measured.

“The results indicate that, as regards personality, women are better suited for leadership than their male colleagues when it comes to clarity, innovation, support and targeted meticulousness,” The survey also indicates that female leaders have a somewhat stronger tendency to worry.

“Disregarding the worrying (emotional stability), it could be legitimate to ask whether women function better in a leadership role than their male colleagues,” according to Martinsen and Glasø.

Innovative Public Leaders

In their analyses, …compared the personality traits of leaders in the private sector with leaders in the public sector. The results surprised the researchers, and might challenge our perceptions and stereotypes regarding leaders in the public sector.

Leaders in the public sector score higher in innovation, support and targeted meticulousness than their colleagues in the private sector. “Can the best leaders really be found in the public sector?,” the researchers wonder.

The analyses also show that senior management has greater potential for innovation and systematic and targeted behaviour in the leadership role than leaders at lower levels in the organisation.

Motivated for the job

Internal motivation is an expression of a genuine interest in the work, perceived opinion about the work and perception of independence. • External motivation is a form of motivation where we, for example, perceive that the work is governed by external rewards (e.g. bonus). Research has consistently found that such forms of motivation, in the best case, have an impact on simpler routine tasks.

The results show that high numbers in the five traits in the five factor model are associated with internal motivation. This means that those with a basic personal expertise for the leader role, are also those with a favourable internal motivation for doing the job.

The researchers find that external motivation is correlated with low emotional stability, low sociability and low regularity.

“Leaders with difficulties handling pressure, that have a lower tendency to support and that are less thorough and targeted, state that they have higher levels of external motivation in their job,”


Written by Rich and Co.

April 8, 2017 at 7:57 pm

Posted in Uncategorized

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