Do Women Make Better Leaders In A Pandemic? Don’t Trust The Data…….

You may have noticed the current trend for praising female leaders for their handling of the corona virus crisis. Around the globe, Jacinda Ardern, Angela Merkel and Tsai Ing-wen have been praised for their empathy, quiet resilience and communication skills. The media has jumped on this click-worthy theme. As a woman it is tempting to take the praise and not think too deeply about what is being said here, but as a psychologist who believes in the importance of evidenced based reasoning I must object.

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