I had a conversation with a friend about bosses last weekend. I work for a woman; she works for a man. She remarked that she felt lucky that she wasn't me because she "hates female bosses." Frankly, this was not something I expected to hear. Yet, I continued to listen in order to try to understand where she was coming from.
What emerged was some very black-and-white thinking. Apparently, men were easier to get along with. Women were catty and indirect. I feel that both of these things are true in certain cases, but I've met plenty of catty, indirect men, and plenty of women who were easy to get along with.
When we make such blanket statements about people, is it more of a reflection on us, our views and our personalities?
If you agree with these statements, why is this so? If women are indirect, that's likely because society makes it very difficult for them to be direct. Does this fact make them sub-par bosses?
My opinion is that personality is personality. But, men are expected to be leaders, so it's easier for them to become leaders. Many women feel that they have to fight to be the "right kind" of leader, and to lead without being a "bitch." This often results in some very different leadership styles, though not always.
Generally, I can work with men or women, but I do notice some differences. For me, while I'd like to say I have no preference, I will honesty say that I feel that I've been talked down to by male superiors far more than by females. While that's just my own personal experience, it does leave a bad taste in my mouth, fair or not.
What's your experience? Do you care whether your boss is male or female?