Women more collaborative in work teams

When it comes to leadership in the workplace, work teams made up mostly of women tend to share leadership roles more than teams dominated by men, says a University of Toronto organizational behaviour expert.

“Women tend to prefer egalitarian norms in work groups whereas men favour hierarchical structures,” says Jennifer Berdahl, business professor at U of T’s Rotman School of Management and lead author of the study published in the March issue of Group Dynamics: Theory, Research and Practice. This, in turn, influences how men and women work together on teams, she adds.