STUDY: Women May Avoid Leadership Position Out of Unhappiness
The lack of women in leadership positions could be because women aren’t happy in those positions, new research suggests.
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“Women feel less happy than men when they occupy managerial positions, and expect to make more tradeoffs between life and work in high level positions. This points to a different way of understanding the problem and potentially solving it,” Francesca Gino writes in a Scientific American analysis of the paper.
Women in managerial positions, however, reported less happiness than their male peers. Women reported a 7 for happiness, while most of the men gave a 7.3.
“While men reported an average level of life satisfaction of about 7.3, their female, manager counterparts reported about a 7. Climbing up the organizational ladder, it seems, is a source of happiness for men but not for women,” Gino notes in Scientific American.
Gino points out that this research shows that there are other reasons besides discrimination for why women don’t hold many leadership positions. Women understand that gaining power in the workforce requires sacrifice, she adds.
“The reason is that they see the position generating not only positive outcomes (such as money and prestige) as much as men do, but also negative ones (such as tradeoffs they’ll need to make and time constraints). That’s where men and women differ: in how much they predict these negative outcomes will affect their lives,” Gino says.
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