New Gallup research has found that 55% of Americans now say that if they had a new position, and it was up to them to pick a manager, they would have “no preference” in terms of their boss’s gender.
This is a far cry from the first time Gallup posed this question to respondents in 1953. Back then, 66% of Americans wanted to report to a male boss, a tiny 5% favored a female boss, and 25% didn’t mind, either way.
We are not our grandparents and therefore do not have the same socially-nurtured attitudes of our grandparents.
Perhaps this is neither good nor bad, perhaps it just “is”?
The more intriguing question is what do we think the answer will be when we’ve reached the perfect society?
That’s a leading question, of course, it infers that we have all agreed that a perfect society is a possibility and we are moving towards one.
Some might suggest theoretical perfection will have been achieved when 100% of potential employees express no preference as to the gender of their next manager.
But is that desirable or even possible? If not, why not?
The theoretical point of perfection in this survey is not possible while the human species is dimorphic. The physical differences between men and women are partially-responsible for personality differences.
Males and female differ both physically and psychologically. Sure, there will be outliers, an exceedingly muscular woman or a highly-empathetic man, but on a statistical basis the differences are self-evident. If this statement is incorrect and there is no difference between the sexes, why did we need a woman President of the USA and why do so many corporates operate public 50:50 Women in Leadership policies?
The survey seems pointless. Why not check to see how many people would want a Scottish boss or an alcoholic boss (but I repeat myself) as well?
What if the results never get above, say, 65% of people being happy with female bosses? Would that suggest a fault with “people” or female bosses? Would we be able to have an objective discussion around that, if so?