"Are Women as Effective Leaders as Men?"

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In a society, despite of its all development and tolerance, public opinion mostly has been formed by men, therefore the attitude to the women promptly rising on a career ladder and showing miracles of diligence and professional competence, always will be extraordinary starting from admiration up to indulgent skepticism. And it means that women still should prove both to the surrounding and to themselves that they can cope with work not worse and frequently even better than their men colleagues. Especially it is common in Kyrgyzstan.

The statistics are not on the side of the weaker sex. Women leaders of large companies and women-politicians in the government or non-government structure make little number than men, which give the basis again to specify ladies, their place: if not in the kitchen, then on positions below men's. Laura Lopez, leadership specialist and author of "Connected and Committed Leader", suggests to ignore the question of who, men or women, is capable of performing more effectively this or that work as, from the scientific point of view, there are no rational reasons for such disputes in present.

From the time when women began to storm actively the career ladder, scientists have become interested in the presence of the necessary qualities to hold a key post or to make the way upward for women. In general, those qualities would be called leadership abilities of women. Apparently, it is impossible to answer unequivocally whether women possess effective leadership traits.

A research conducted by psychologist and IPR Faculty Fellow Alice Eagly says that men and women carrying same functions and responsibilities may perform same efficiency, but to realize that efficiency for others the matter would be how much the task in view "corresponds" to person's sex or gender. For example, women are considered to be much...