“Women make better bosses than men” – now we know why

A landmark new analysis of almost a quarter of a million unique psychometric assessments has finally revealed why women may be better bosses than men.

Investigating growing evidence that female managers outperform their male counterparts in several key metrics, workplace wellbeing experts at Robertson Cooper have crunched the numbers on 210,934 individual responses contained within one of the single biggest personality research datasets in the UK.

Led by renowned wellbeing academics Prof. Sir Cary Cooper CBE and Prof. Ivan Robertson, the Robertson Cooper’s research and whitepaper involved a close look at the crucial role of managers when it comes to embedding health and wellbeing inside businesses. The analysis found that women have more of the personality facets known to be responsible for creating improved wellbeing at work and, as managers, are better equipped to deliver the positive work experience for employees that’s proven to drive creativity and productivity in the workplace.

Robertson Cooper’s research also uncovered a fresh twist on the women-versus-men managerial debate, noting that age adds a further dimension to female managers’ capacity to enable more good days at work for their direct reports.

The secret to these findings lies within the personality trait of Conscientiousness,” explains Prof. Robertson.

“Managers with this trait tend to display a strong sense of duty and a realistic sense of their own competence plus a desire for personal achievement. The research shows that this personality make-up helps employees enjoy a better work-life balance.

“This new piece of research at Robertson Cooper shows that women, particularly older women in the 55 to 64 age range, are most likely to show this kind of personality, while younger men aged 25 to 29 are least likely to.”

“So the headline is true: for their teams, female bosses, especially older female bosses, really are likely to create more good days at work than their male colleagues – and now we know why.” 

Anyone wishing to learn more about these and other insights from Robertson Cooper’s exclusive research into the powerful role of managers in ensuring good organisational wellbeing can get a free copy of the full report at https://www.robertsoncooper.com/downloads-resources/understanding-how-leaders-set-the-tone-for-good-days-at-work/

It is based on 20 years of experience in helping clients to build the capability they need to ensure health and wellbeing is a sustainable part of the way they do business.