The share of men in the management of companies is significantly higher than that of women: 56% versus 33%, respectively. This data is from Ernst & Young's study "Women in Business: Myths and Reality."
At the same time, 86% of respondents believe that women are quite ambitious and ready to take managerial positions. And only 7% of survey participants would choose a woman as their boss. It is interesting that among the respondents who chose the answer “I am my own boss,” there were almost twice as many women as men.
This suggests that women are more actively developing their own businesses. But it all depends on the industry in which the leader is employed, says Anna Tsfasman, founder of the Double B coffee chain.
Anna Tsfasman Owner of Double B coffee chain “Of course, there are probably not many women in oil companies. But if we talk about financiers, for example, financial directors, then there are many women, about managers in public catering - there are, it seems to me, even more women than men, at least in my opinion. Therefore, naturally, if you study the richest companies, then banks, industries are huge, and, most likely, they are headed by men, and most of the top positions also remain with the male gender. But if we talk about new companies, women often create them, women are more often more adventurous, so it seems to me that all new businesses are in one way or another connected with women leaders. In IT, I also think there is a bias towards men, because again this is connected with the profession itself, where there are fewer women. I think that this is not so much connected with some kind of chauvinism, just a question of competencies, and with the fact that you had time to recruit them by the time they decided to appoint you as a leader or not. In Russia, women traditionally, it seems to me, have become more ambitious over the past hundred-odd years simply because they have a huge responsibility. And children, and the house, and the husband are most often on the shoulders of a woman."
There is no difference between female or male executives. It is a myth. Both of them can be effective bosses, but there are indeed more male leaders, says Alexander Kochetkov, President and CEO of Golden Sky Leasing.
Alexander Kochetkov President and General Director of Golden Sky Leasing “Yes, indeed, there are more male directors and high-level managers. My opinion is that it just happened historically, so far we have not reorganized that men are still more earners, maybe they are more aggressive in terms of career, and this desire to be the first, to catch more, to hunt, that's all remains in men. As if it is one of the motivators of the fact that there are more male leaders. Although in my career, in my practice, I see and meet a lot of women leaders, and I had to work under the leadership of several women leaders in various industries - both in IT and aviation. And I want to say that I cannot say anything bad about them as leaders, that there was something missing, something, on the contrary, was too much. I don't see much difference. It depends more on human parameters, character traits, I guess. There are women who will enter a burning hut, well, there are women who prefer to just be at the hearth and be engaged in the family household."
No matter what they say about gender inequality in Russian business, the majority of applicants for top management positions in Russia today are men, and this says a lot, says Natalya Golovanova, head of the research center of the SuperJob.ru portal.
Natalya Golovanova Head of the Research Center of the SuperJob.ru portal “Only four of the 25 top positions we have considered are women more often than men. But if, for example, in the accounting and personnel sector, women have settled in top positions quite firmly, constituting the overwhelming majority of job seekers, then places, for example, advertising and PR directors who manage additional bank offices can be called female rather conditionally, they are only slightly claimed. more than half of women, and there are, in general, a lot of men - 45% and 41%, respectively. There is one more thing. If women still choose directions that are firmly occupied by men, then they manage to sit in the director's chair almost always earlier than men. For example, the average age of male applicants for the post of administrative director is 45; women find themselves in this chair at the age of 40. In marketing and procurement, top job seekers are on average three years younger than male candidates. The average female CEO is 42 years old, and the men applying for the same position are on average three years older.”
The youngest bosses work in creative fields - in the media, in PR, in design, in advertising, for example, as a creative director. Another leadership position where women have taken the absolute upper hand over men is the position of director of human resources in the company.
But there is a downside to the coin. Women act to the detriment of family happiness, achieving high positions, says a SuperJob specialist. According to statistics, if there are 60% of married male directors, then there are almost half of such women - only 34%. Male leaders have children in 60% of cases. For comparison: only 43% of the leaders.