Women CEOs exhibited more emphatic, adaptable and accountable behaviour than their male counterparts during the pandemic, finds research from S&P Global on leadership and gender equity.
So-called “sentiment analysis” of transcripts of earnings calls from the leaders of nearly 5,000 companies in the S&P Global Broad Market found that female CEOs had higher average scores for words expressing trust and anticipation than male CEOs. Male CEOs had higher scores for language in the categories of surprise, anger and sadness, according to the research.
CEOs of both genders expressed negative sentiment such as “loss” and “challenge” at comparable frequency. The research also found women CEOs spoke more about clients, while men CEOs talked more about metrics.
Daniela Brandazza, Senior Director and Analytical Manager at S&P Global Ratings and a lead author of the report, said: “During the first months of the Covid-19 pandemic, the global press hai…