I’m still at the Australian Institute of Management Convention. A number of speakers have made a central point: that women are INHERENTLY better leaders than men, or at least are better at the type of leadership that the emerging society and economy requires: relationships, empathy, the long-term view. Again, and again, the point is being made here that numbers, logic, science are “masculine” approaches and are inadequate or insufficient for progress.
Most insistent on the issue has been Tom Peters. he basically said “You can disagree with me on many issues but not this one: I’m right and you’re wrong.” (To see Tom’s arguments, go to his website www.tompeters.com and download his slides. He’s very generous in making them freely available.)
Over dinner, I heard practicing businesspeople (and those in local governement) increasingly willing to comment on the ability and desirability of hiring females as opposed to males. According to what I was told, young males are less loyal and committed, harder to handle and are more demanding as employees.
Is it me, or are people increasingly willing to make generalizations about male / female differences? Isn’t this dangerous territory? Or is it just reflecting statistical realities? Do you feel comfortable listening to (or participating in) discussions about why women are better/ different than men?
I don’t. I’ll listen and try to learn, but it feels like the opportunties for bias and gross exaggeration are boundless.