WOMEN LEADERS & New Research Shows Success Doesn’t Make Women Less Likable #HarvardBusinessRev iew

by Jack Zenger and Joseph Folkman, APRIL 4, 2013, Harvard Business Review.

… Here’s what we found:


Both men and women took a hit in likability when they moved from first-level supervisor to middle manager. But this drop was more precipitous for men. After that, the women made up some ground, while men’s standing continued to erode, significantly widening the gap between them.

What’s more, if you plot overall perceived leadership effectiveness against likability, you discover that the greater the perceived effectiveness of leaders — male or female — the higher their score on the likability index. Coupling this with our past studies, which show a high correlation between perceived leadership effectiveness and such critical measures of business outcomes as profitability, customer satisfaction, employee engagement, and productivity, convinces us that people like effective leaders who produce superior results, no matter what their gender.

Read more at … https://hbr.org/2013/04/leaning-in-without-hesitation/