Men account for nearly two-thirds of all leaders, and 8 out of 10 top bosses, write Jack Zenger and Joseph Folkman, but data suggest female bosses may be outperforming their male counterparts. Women were rated higher than men by peers, bosses, workers and direct reports, with the most senior female business leaders being ranked a full 10 percentage points higher on the researchers' good-leadership index than the top male CEOs.

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