In times of crisis: Women are preferred.
Various studies of leadership show that highly educated people have a strong preference for a male leader, in times of crisis. Striking, particularly when we look at the ‘normal’ times, where there is a preference for male leaders.
An example of one of those studies is, that respondents were asked which of the two candidates they would choose for getting a fictitious software company out of ‘danger’. Up to 83% of the respondents chose the female candidate.
The explanation of various professors of leadership is, that highly educated don’t need a masculine, strong leader, in times of crisis.
Instead, there is a need for a leader who is open to ideas (90%) and a boss who lets people into thinking about the direction of the company(78%). A leader who wants everybody to be involved to everything in and around the company. These properties belong more often to women than to men.
The respondents of these studies are agreed, that women are better able to bind, to collaborate and they are less power hungry.
Besides women are mostly higher educated than man. They might not work that much as men do, but they are more often higher educated.
The point that women work less than man do, is because the most of the women which are highly educated, choose to take care for their children (family).
After all, the women who did choose for their carreer, could definitely take over the task as leader. If it is really what they want, they will work very hard for it and they will create a nice atmosphere in the workplace, where everybody feels good and works very hard.