Talking Point: do women prefer working for male bosses?

22 February 2010

Earlier this year a survey came out that showed most women prefer to work for male bosses (because they’re more authoritative, straight-talking and better at making decisions apparently).

Which fits with a revelation from Vogue cover regular Lara Stone (the woman responsible for taming David Walliams), who says she doesn’t like working with women photographers.

‘They never seem to be able to make up their minds about what they want to do - with the exception of Inez [van Lamsweerde, a Dutch photographer] because she always knows what she's doing,’ she told Marc Jacobs in Interview.

‘So many times it's like, ‘Oh, let's try this' and ‘Let's try that' and ‘Let's do this' and ‘Let's do that.' It's like, ‘For f**k's sake, woman!'

The idea that women aren’t the best leaders is a familiar one.  The survey mentioned earlier, which found 60% of employees would opt for a male at the helm, said women superiors are more likely to suffer from mood swings, bouts of jealousy and bring their personal problems into the workplace.
And Lara’s not the only A-lister who prefers the company of males. In a recent New York Times interview, Megan Fox spoke out about her fierce female critics. ‘Women tear each other apart,’ she said, ‘The problem is, if they think you're attractive, you're either stupid or a whore or a dumb whore. The instinct among girls is to attack the jugular.’

So, are women too emotional to run a tight ship? Or does sex have nothing to do with it?
By Amy Molloy


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