International Journal of Humanities and Social Science

ISSN 2220-8488 (Print), 2221-0989 (Online) 10.30845/ijhss

Positive Work Place Attributes for Women Managers: Views from Male Executive Officers of Limpopo Province in South Africa
Lambani Matodzi Nancy

The paper seeks to dispel the myth that women do not perform well as managers in the corporate world or work place. It is a fact that boys and girls in most societies are socialized differently in their early lives and this is played out in the work place later in their lives, where men always want to be in charge or dominate. Although women managers are likely to be undermined by both male and female staff members, their contribution in the workplace exceeds by far people’s expectations if viewed objectively. The labels and negative attributions ascribed to women as being weak rather than feminine always results in people not appreciating their positive contribution as managers. It is critical to view women as different from men for their femininity and communication style. This paper however, focuses on the best that women can offer in the work place so that women in managerial positions are valued as opposed to being perceived as not fit to manage organizations. The views shared by experienced male Chief Executive Officers from the Limpopo government offices regarding the performance of women managers are elaborated.

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