Some fascinating US research from Gallup.
Asked if they would prefer a male boss or a female boss or have no preference, 41% said no preference, 35% said a male boss and 23% a female boss. back in 1963 66% said they would prefer a male boss and just 5% a female boss.
I’m one of those who would of course say no preference. I would note that generally I would say my female bosses have been better than my male bosses – but not in all cases. Of course I’m now self-employed so have a bastard as a boss 🙂
What is fascinating in the US research is the data broken down by gender.
40% of women said they would prefer a male boss (ie not a female boss) compared to just 29% of men.
Would be interesting to see if the same result occurred in NZ. Not sure it would.
I would hope that most people would say they have no preference, as it is silly to generalise. But only 32% of women said they had no preference compared to 51% of men.