Male or female?

Mar 26 2009 by Print This Article

Whether we want to admit it or not, most of us have a preference when it come to whether we'd prefer a male of female boss. Why is that? This piece at takes a look.

Author Anthony Balderrama suggests that many of the so-called differences are issues of perception. Many women who manage to get to the top of the corporate ladder have overcome the same obstacles as men, but where a man is seen as "determined" or "ambitious", a woman is often seen as "ruthless".

So is there really a difference between having a male or female boss?

According to those interviewed in the article women often get to the top via more "creative" ways than men. That can play a part into what kind of boss you like to work for. Do you like working for a more artistic-type or someone more driven and career-oriented?

Other experts say that there really is no fundamental difference between males or females when it comes to managers. There are different personalities for everyone and that doesn't pertain to one gender or another. In short, we can expect the "good, the bad and the ugly" in everyone, no matter what sex.

So really, the gender of your boss may not have anything to do with how well you get along with them. If you find yourself bristling over having a women boss or a male boss, maybe you just need to relax. Take the time to find out what kind of person you are and what kind of person they are and then make the determination.