A number of studies suggest that men and women differ in their approaches to work and leadership, writes Debora L. Spar, president of Barnard College, in this book excerpt. Paying attention to these differences may be useful as long as people resist the temptation to overgeneralize or see them as some sort of biological inevitability. "[I]f those characteristics can be usefully harnessed -- if they can, in fact, help us to define models of work and leadership that might fit more comfortably around more women -- then they almost certainly demand some measure of scrutiny," she writes.
Do men and women lead differently?
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