Public Services Management Update: Gender differences

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A report commissioned by the Trent Regional Health Authority has found that men working for women managers consider their bosses weak, poor communicators and unable to delegate. Women saw their female bosses as democratic, putting people before tasks and encouraging staff development. The research seeks to determine why only 11 per cent of the RHA's senior management are women. In the NHS nationally, only 18 per cent of senior managers are women. This needs to increase to 30 per cent by next year to achieve an Opportunity 2000 target.