Gender Influences in the Office
Sometimes great women make horrible bosses. This can happen within any industry and field and truly depends on how a woman conducts herself within the office walls. Women tend to grow up more emotional than men and take comments and situations more seriously and to heart. While this is not a woman’s fault, it may cause some problems at the office.
Many women bosses try to hold their own within the office by acting more masculine and taking on the role of a classic male boss. They attempt to distance themselves by being more of an ice queen, acting strict and impersonal. This may work in some cases, but more often than not it just creates confusion in the workplace and may put some people off about working under this type of boss. It is important to hold a balance when leading a team, to work with others and still guide and direct colleagues appropriately. The Ice Queen personality still exists now and female bosses that try to maintain this status are intelligent, capable and sometimes ‘scary’ women.
Fear used to be used by many male bosses throughout the years, but now it doesn’t seem to be effective. Some leading CEOs and presidents in their 50’s or 60’s might still try to use fear as a way of pushing colleagues forward. The Ice Queen is not the solution for a good woman and may be a tad bit too extreme.
Good women make bad bosses when they allow their feelings or insecurities to take over. When emotions, competition or even jealousy runs high in the workplace, many problems may occur. Problems such as decreased motivation in the staff, loss of employees, increased sick days taken and overall grudges may develop. How can a team work well together if all of these emotions are rolling around? When the lines between leader and coworker are blurred or if employees feel betrayed or hurt, the production level in the office sinks.
A sample of a blurred boss and coworker relationship would be when a fellow colleague that shares your work day gets promoted. The colleagues then view this individual as their boss and they may distant themselves greatly. This may feel extremely uncomfortable for the new female boss and she may attempt to keep the relationships just as they were. This may include after work happy hour drinks, lunches at the girls’ favorite café and other activities that involve more intimate moments with employees. Simply put, this cannot remain the same if a female boss wants to be valued and respected for her knowledge and experience. If the lines seem to remain blurry there may not be any respect between employee and the employer. This can greatly damage the motivation and daily production within an office. There has to be a fine line. Psychic Shyla ext. 5431 often says, “We teach people how to treat us.”
Managing emotional distances is imperative for female bosses. It is a smart idea for a female boss to know her team, but also stay distant enough to be their leader.
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