New Book: Gay Bosses Outperforming Their Straight Counterparts
Posted on May 31, 2006
That’s the conclusion of a career development expert with a new book about gay leadership in the workplace. He found “job engagement, job satisfaction and workplace morale among employees reporting to white-collar gay men to be upwards of 35% higher than nationally reported statistics.”
All across the U.S. economy, from corporate America to small business, gay men are proving they have what it takes to be today’s preferred organizational leaders. After recently completing a five-year research project spanning more than 3,000 working professionals all over the country, I found reported levels of job engagement, job satisfaction and workplace morale among employees reporting to white-collar gay men to be upwards of 35% higher than nationally reported statistics.
As the foundation of my new business leadership book, The G Quotient (Jossey-Bass/Wiley), it’s further proof that good-old-boy business practices are no longer effective in an era defined by information and connectivity.
Consider that over the last ten years, polls from some of the world’s most respected names in business have documented the dramatic decline in how American workers feel about their employers. For example, a report at the end of 2005 from Towers Perrin, the largest study ever completed on the state of the global workforce, found that only 21 percent of U.S. workers are engaged in their jobs amidst feelings of “frustration and skepticism” about their organizational leaders. Middle managers in particular are increasingly dissatisfied with how their companies are being managed. According to an Accenture study also conducted at the end of last year, fewer than half report feeling positive about their own employers—a decline of nearly 20 percent over the same survey just one year earlier.
Author Kirk Snyder and his new book, “The G Quotient,” about gay leadership in the workplace.