Men or women — who is the better manager?

Brandyce Gordon
Christie Kline, left, and Barb Primm.

Having a woman as your boss is not rare these days, but why do women keep moving up to management positions?

A couple of recent articles shared some ideas of their own concerning women’s success. According to an article in the New York Daily News women make better supervisors in today’s economy.

“It’s a very service-oriented economy, so you need employees to be motivated and excited about what they do,” said Jay Forte, author of “Fire Up! Your Employees and Smoke Your Competition in the daily news.

“Women are stronger communicators and better connectors than men, and they’re more astute about knowing how to activate passion in their employees.”

But in order for women to be better supervisors they have to get the job from the beginning and in today’s society that means a lot of times going to college. A New York Times article says that women are making a place for themselves on college campuses around the nation as well.

“A quarter-century after women became the majority on college campuses, men are trailing them in more than just enrollment,” according to the New York Times. “Department of Education statistics show that men, whatever their race or socioeconomic group, are less likely than women to get bachelor’s degrees — and among those who do, fewer complete their degrees in four or five years. Men also get worse grades than women”

This does not mean that men are on a downward spiral with their education just that women are taking up some space in the classrooms more so now. But females do things differently in life, or so the stereotype says, and just saying a female manager is better or worse than their male counterpart can start an all out brawl.

“The idea that female managers think and operate differently than male managers is controversial, especially among women in the Baby Boom generation who had to fight so hard to overcome stereotypes about women being ‘nurturing’ and ‘intuitive,’ which for many years was corporate code for ‘not tough enough, or analytical enough, to handle senior management jobs,’ said Catherine Kaputa, author of The Female Brand.

“Controversial or not, it’s clear that women are doing something differently,” according to a CNN article.

All of these studies making national news begs the question, do the women of Central Illinois fit into the diagram laid out by the greater view of society in America today? After looking into nine different women from varying levels and types of leadership, there is still really no way to be certain that women are making better managers or that they are superior to their male counterparts in anyway.