If you had to choose your boss would it be a man or a woman? Is it that women are tough or is it that they haven’t acquired the right skills? Or is it that men are too lenient and we all want an easy boss?
Here is what Kenyans think about the statement above
“In my entire career, I have had female bosses. They are harder to please and they will put pressure on you to perform. They are too aggressive and make it personal if you do not get a task done,” says Michael Maina.
Sarah Ngusi, a Personal assistant, says that “My experiences with female bosses have been good. I consider them better listeners and communicators. But even as a woman I prefer male bosses. Simply because I don’t want to appear like a competitor in her eyes.”
Lucas Makau commits to his preference for working for female bosses.
“I have worked with female bosses and they came across as more understanding. They listen more than male ones. I think male bosses are arrogant and building trust on them becomes quite hard. A woman is also patient. Men bosses think people have supernatural powers forgetting that people need time to complete tasks,” Mr. Makau adds.
Lucy Ochieng’ remembers her experience while working for a female boss as a nightmare.
“As a receptionist, my former boss was so jealous that if she saw you with a new shoe or handbag you would have the worst week. She brought her domestic issues to work and we all suffered. I remember at some point she told me I am seducing men at work with my short skirts. Male bosses are better and are appreciative too,” she says.
“I think a female boss is better. When I started working, my boss was a 38-year-old lady who was very motherly. She mentored me into being the person I am today. Lucky you if you get a mother figure because as I have heard from friends, an ‘evil’ female boss will make you cry,” says Patricia Kemunto.
“Women being their own enemy, they favor the male employees a lot. I think it is wrong but as a male, I would prefer being favored. All I do will be good in her eyes than what I would do to a male boss,” adds Mr. Makau.
Stephen Wafula says that a male boss is composed and tends to react differently.
“A male boss is straight to the point and will not involve you in office gossip or politics. He does not have time for that and he will never feel threatened by his employees. A woman will get emotional over the slightest thing,” Mr. Wafula adds.
Ms. Kemunto concludes by saying, “At the end of the day I want to go to work and garner support from my boss. A good boss is a good boss; whether female or male. The bottom line is I want a boss who will make me grow and widen my knowledge in the field I am working in.”
What’s your preference? Do you have a good explanation for it?