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Who are better leaders—women or men?

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Americans believe that women have what it takes to be leaders, says a new survey by Pew Research Center. Respondents say that women are superior to men when it comes to honesty, intelligence, compassion, outgoing personality and creativity.

The only characteristic where men have the edge? Decisiveness. Respondents put women and men on equal footing when it comes to hard work and ambition.

Women also got higher marks than men for working out compromises and standing up for their beliefs.

Yet only 6% of respondents say that, overall, women make better leaders than men. The majority—69%—say men and women make equally good leaders, while 21% say men make better leaders.

— Adapted from “Men or Women: Who’s the Better Leader?” Pew Research Center.

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