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Do women make better bosses?

Carol Smith, senior vice president for the Elle Group, said recently that "female bosses tend to be better managers, better advisers, mentors, rational thinkers." That prompted the New York Times to ask some executives, professors and a psychologist what research shows about the differences between women and men as managers.Some of their comments:"Women are less 'bossy,' probably because people dislike bossy women even more than bossy men.""None of this behavior matters if it's accompanied with a denial of the continued existence of sexism in the workplace.""Women are often better communicators because their brains are more networked for language.""Carol Smith is wrong about her blanket statement about women being better managers. But she's right about something else. Whether we're talking about mentoring, managing or office politics, the research is clear: Men and women together are the best."

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