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Male bosses get the nod in M'sia
Publication Date : 09-05-2014
A majority of The Star Online poll respondents this week say they prefer male bosses as they find them less emotional.
Out of 1,460 respondents, 68% preferred male bosses while 11% went with females. Another 316 respondents (22%) said they were indifferent.
On the gender of their current boss, 818 (56%) said he was male, 482 (38%) had women superiors while 11% were self-employed.
Out of 1,456 respondents, 754 (52%) were from the ages of 18 to 34 while the rest were between 35 and 55.
Of respondents who said they preferred male bosses, 54% said it was because men were less emotional in the workplace, while 27% said they were better decision-makers.
“Female bosses have a tendency to be emotional. Male bosses are more likely to be helpful and play the role of a mentor. Some women bosses are good as well, it is just that their mood swings cloud their decisions and some are more vengeful.”
“My experience working with male Caucasian bosses is that they are not too fussy about ‘procedure’ and ‘structure’ and are quite flexible to work with. Asian male bosses, however, are quite domineering and authoritative.”
“I have no preference. How I perceive a boss is based on the individual’s character, regardless of whether it is a male or female boss. If the person’s character is terrible, then he/she will be a terrible boss.”
“Male bosses are likely to shout at you during meetings, but after that they forget about it and act as if nothing happened. However, through experience, female bosses are more emotional and if they shout at you during meetings, they will still hold ‘grudges’ for a few days.”
“Men generally do not let their emotions rule their decisions. I have had lady bosses who are petty, competitive (even with their own staff), untrusting and emotional.
“I have had as many as four lady bosses. Being female myself, I simply cannot understand why they behave in such a manner. I have male and female staff reporting to me, and I tell myself never to treat them the same way my lady bosses treated me. Our relationship is excellent. ”
Of those who preferred female bosses, 485 (30%) said it was because women were more compassionate while 20% said women were better listeners.
“The women bosses I have worked with are more compassionate in terms of understanding what is not working in our daily job. They tend to feel the difficulties that I am going through and understand the challenges I am facing to produce the results.”
“It is all to do with individuals and not really something you can generalise. Some are understanding, some are not. Also, there is a difference between ethnicity.”
“I have worked with both male and female bosses and while rumours of women’s emotional tendencies and men’s decision-making are stereotyped, I have met male bosses who are very emotional and a female boss who is fair and wise. Both are equally good and bad. It depends on how they handle their jobs. Gender does not matter.”
“Lady bosses are detail-oriented and goal-driven. They may, however, be a bit crazy on micro-managing you.”