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Decision-Making Styles of Women vs. Men

"The Art of the Decision" by Janet Guyon, Fortune, Nov. 14, 2005, p. 144
"Hall of Fame" by Eugenia Levenson, Fortune, Nov. 14, 2005, p. 167

A special issue of Fortune saluted women in business. Women are widely respected for being better than men at using intuition for decision making, i.e., "woman's intuition."

The article by Janet Guyon highlighted her observations of the differences between women and men CEOs:

Stacey Blanchard, CEO of executive leadership consulting firm Hagberg Consulting, surveyed 296 corporate leaders (57% of her sample were women) and found that women scored higher on 36 of 47 management competencies. Concludes Ilene Lang of Catalyst, "Women are perceived to be poorer problem solvers than men, even though in reality that's probably not the case."

Also in the same Fortune article, Eugenia Levenson reports some interesting statistics about women and business.  Most notable:

Stock Performance

(Total return, from Jan 1 to Oct 17, 2005)

Women CEOs' Average:  -14.8%

S&P 500 Index:  -0.4%

Ouch!  In fairness, however, the time period is too short and the list is too small (top 8 women CEOs only) to draw any definitive conclusion.

—John Schuyler, Nov. 2005.

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