Recently, Jack Zenger and Joseph Folkman published results of a study tracking men and women in leadership roles (As reported by the Herman Group Blog). The study showed women outperforming men in 360 degree assessments across all levels of management. This out-performance gap between women and men was even greater at the top levels of management than at lower levels. Furthermore, beyond the stereotypical strengths that women managers are credited with, the study found that women outperformed men in traditional male attributes, such as driving for results and taking initiative.
There is no longer a question of women catching up with men. Women have surpassed men in performance. Now will the gender gap in salaries and representation in top teams and board’s follow?