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  • Female - Females are better leaders

    2 13.33%
  • Female - Males are better leaders

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  • Male - Females are better leaders

    3 20.00%
  • Male - Males are better leaders

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  1. #31
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    Quote Originally Posted by SubjectA View Post
    The poll isn't representative of our opinions, since you didn't put a "doesn't matter" option. And a lot of people here are expressing that opinion.
    I know, I did not place that option deliberatly because I was/am pretty sure that alot of people would vote for that one. So I was wondering what will happen if I remove that option and "force" you to choose. (And people that don't want to will not vote.)

    If you ask me mods(if they want to) can add that option in the poll since this one doesn't show much.

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    I think the best leaders don't have a gender.

    Machines, for example.

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    All choices are incorrect.

    EDIT: I'd like to elaborate.

    If there are differences in male and female leadership, what makes one better?
    And what actually makes for such differences?

    I'm of the opinion that there is very little inate difference between the two, and that any difference is more likely to result from the genders reacting to how they are perceived. With that in mind, I'm finding the stuff about female leaders being more gentle, cooperative, compassionate, etc.. comical. When my international relations professor was discussing the biological theory of leadership(that bio-factors, like gender, play a major part in how leaders behaved) he pointed how various limitations to that theory. The most interesting thing he noted, though, was that not only were female political leaders not more peaceful and compassionte, they may historically be less so on average. I know the subject here is not strictly politics, but if you look at it in political terms, female leaders seem much more beligerent. Now, that may just be an appearance, but I decided to work out a theory in case it were true. Perhaps it's because the perception of females as weak means that only a really grizzled woman will actually be accepted by the establishment. It was obvious even with Hillary Clinton. She was really reaching to look tough. But if a woman acted as tough as Obama, she would be considered typically weak, "just like a woman".

    Anyway, the conclusion of that little pet theory is that I can hardly say one group is a better leader than another, when the difference result only from the course of popular perception.
    Last edited by Magic Poriferan; 07-22-2009 at 05:22 AM.
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    lol, better at leading what, and under what circumstances?

    Once again, INTJs miss the dynamics at play in determining greatness.

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    This is sort of related. The gender of a teacher is a pretty significant factor in how well the student learns.

    One could imagine how boys might view a leader as an alpha-male type scenario, and would therefore not take physically weak males, let alone females seriously as leaders.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alwar View Post
    This is sort of related. The gender of a teacher is a pretty significant factor in how well the student learns.

    One could imagine how boys might view a leader as an alpha-male type scenario, and would therefore not take physically weak males, let alone females seriously as leaders.
    This is exactly what I mean. The leadership ability is different because of how the subordinates view the leader.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nozflubber View Post
    lol, better at leading what, and under what circumstances?

    Once again, INTJs miss the dynamics at play in determining greatness.
    I have simply opened the discussion. The point of the first post wasn't to give you my opinion. But I since a number of replys as grown I will join the discussion.

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    The answer is obvious (this time around, I'm being serious).

    Should it even be a debate? It's like asking 'Do people with blue eyes make better leaders than those with brown eyes' Obviously this is a crazy question.

    It all matters at what type of a person the leader is. Male or female. Are they motivated to help and please the demands of the people? Are they strong, straight edged, goal oriented, and sympathetic and caring? Are they successful with their work? Do they give their work full reverence and not give half-assed efforts?

    Trends may seem to think it may be biased, but as a general rule of thumb, you can't narrow it down to males or females and which one generally makes a better leader. Maybe 200 years ago this question may have have leaned towards men, but it really doesn't anymore.
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    I agree with everyone who said that it doesn't matter. I didn't vote in the poll for that exact reason.
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    At work, I always preferred female leaders. As professors, I always preferred males. As far as government goes, I don't think it would make a clear-cut difference.
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