Women managers have an advantage over their male peers when it comes to motivating employees, researchers say.
A Gallup study, State of the American Manager: Analytics and Advice for Leaders, found that 33% of employees are engaged when a woman runs the show, compared to 25% with a man at the helm.
Female managers also tend to be more enthusiastic about their own jobs than their male counterparts.
Gallup found 41% of female managers feel engaged at work compared to 35% of male managers.
The study also found that women managers were more enthusiastic at work than men, regardless of whether they had children.
When it came to same-sex management, the study found that female employees were on average more likely to feel involved in their work (35%) if their boss was a woman, compared to just 25% of male employees who show enthusiasm with a male manager.
The study also found women were better at encouraging their subordinates’ development, checking in on their employees’ progress and tended to provide more positive or constructive feedback.
Gallup says it hopes the results will encourage organizations to hire and promote more women managers. Currently only one third of Americans have a female boss.