Are Men Leaning In More Than Women?


Despite being encouraged to "lean in" more, a new study suggests that men still prefer being leaders more than women do, according to Time magazine.

To determine how often men would cooperate with other men, Harvard researchers examined co-authored papers and publications from more than 50 American colleges to see how likely it was that professors of the same rank would partner together. The researchers determined that men were more likely to work with a same-gendered, lower-rank colleague (e.g. an assistant professor vs. another professor) while women were more likely to collaborate with equally ranked coworkers.

While this news isn't surprising (multiple studies have shown that women enjoy working in groups and men like being the boss), it highlights the importance of having mentors, especially for women, in the workplace. The researchers also found that female bosses and superiors were less likely than men to invest resources and training in lower-ranked female employees, which is consistent with a 2011 LinkedIn survey that found only one in five women have had a mentor, and only half of those were mentored by another woman.

What do you think of the results of this study? Do you think women have an obligation to help other women in the workforce? Let us know in the comments below or Tweet us @Shape_Magazine!

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