A recent Gallup poll indicates the growing acceptance of women as bosses even though there continues to be a preference by most American adults. When Gallup began taking this poll in 1953 they found 66% would rather having now boss and only 5% would choose to have female boss. The most recent survey shows the growing acceptance of female bosses as 23% now say they would prefer a female boss and only 41% said they would prefer to have male boss.
However looking beyond the numbers the 29% that had no gender preference is only grown to 36% indicating that gender is still a strong consideration among workers.
With the growing number of women in the workplace issue not be surprising that female leaders are gaining acceptance. Unfortunately the poll indicates that employees are not willing to look beyond gender – which is an essential element of a truly inclusive workplace. Until employees look at the leadership qualities of those chosen to head an organization we will continue to see more than half of workers preferring one gender over the other.
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