Women are increasing out-earning men

June 8, 2014

Looking at the world of technology and business, it is safe to say that the overwhelming majority of those sitting on top are male like your blogger and can easily lead some to ask whether men make better leaders than women. Even though this is an ancient discussion, the answer remains delicate. Times may have changed, and more women than ever before have entered technology and business sectors, but a close look at the finest in the world, women barely features. The number of women reporting they are the breadwinners in their households has risen in the past twenty years, according to research while there has been a significant decrease in the number of men who see themselves as breadwinners. Most women who are living in a de facto relationship tend to be more successful. Given the stereotypes, female workers are widely regarded as more empathic and responsive than their male counterparts, while men have a reputation for focusing on their tasks and taking action. Women are sometimes said to lack a certain “ mental toughness,” which can be a crucial necessity in the dirty business of politics or business.

At times, it even seems that women who hold high-level managerial positions acquire the same behavioral traits as men. Then, of course, comes the family responsibility for women. Many women, at some point, have to choose between family and career. And with many men still refusing to let their wives be the breadwinners of the family, it is usually the woman who has to cut her career short in order to take care of the family. This, in my eyes, is a more plausible explanation for the shortage of women in top positions than their inability to lead. Let’s take a look at what kind of qualities one would like to see in a CEO. Contador Harrison thinks that must be someone who is smart, honest, ambitious, hard working, decisive and creative. A person who stands up for what he or she believes in, who can represent stakeholders interests, who is able to compromise and does not fall apart during a time of crisis. Maybe the cliche suggests that women leaders take care, while men take charge. Coming back to the initial question of which sex makes a better leader, I guess it depends on the situation and on people to decide if a man or a woman might make the best choice in a certain position. I have worked with both male and female bosses, and both situations have positive as well as negative aspects. Women are becoming more economically powerful and increasing out-earning men. It’s vital we create an environment where female business leaders and women acting as the main breadwinner in their household are seen as the norm, not the exception.

Contador Harrison