1 in 4 Belgians not happy with boss

12th October 2007, Comments 0 comments

12 October 2007, BRUSSELS - Four Belgians out of ten are not satisfied with their bosses. The older they are the worse they score, and women do somewhat better than men. The ideal boss is a cheerful thirty-year-old.

12 October 2007

BRUSSELS - Four Belgians out of ten are not satisfied with their bosses. The older they are the worse they score, and women do somewhat better than men. The ideal boss is a cheerful thirty-year-old.

This emerges from a survey done by the Vlerick Management School and Vacature.

According to Professor Koen Dewettinck, the poor score may well lie in the lack of skills for dealing properly with colleagues. "The poor scores for people management indicate that managers still attach too much importance to technical know-how or commercial qualities and much less to inspiring leadership."

On average, Belgian bosses score best on participative behaviour and setting the example, followed by being people-oriented and providing information. Coaching skills are at the absolute bottom of the ladder.

Female bosses score slightly better than their male colleagues. "Women excel in other areas" says researcher Hans van Dijk.  “They are better able to motivate and are more people-oriented. Male bosses tend to be better negotiators of salary increases and extra bonuses".

On average, there are still less than 30 percent of female bosses in this country. "Up to the age of thirty we have just as many male as female bosses", says researcher Hans van Dijk. "The situation then suddenly shifts in favour of men. Thirty is the age when more highly-trained women begin to get on with their wish to have children".

According to the researchers, the most inspiring boss is the cheerful thirty-year-old.  "Satisfaction of colleagues is definitely age-related. Older bosses do not excel in inspiring leadership. After the age of 40 their scores fall drastically."

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