11/01/2012 06:59 GMT | Updated 11/01/2012 07:06 GMT

Women Are Better Leaders In A Recession, Says Study

During tough economic conditions, women are better and more effective leaders than men, a recent study has revealed.

Research by occupational therapists Geoff Trickey and So Yi Yeung of the Psychological Consultancy Ltd, investigated the difference in leadership styles between men and women and looked into whether risk-taking is influenced by gender.

The study of 2,000 workers in more than 20 different occupations discovered that women are more than twice as likely to be wary or prudent, whereas men are more likely to be adventurous and carefree in their actions.

The researchers added that the study provided more evidence that the typical leadership style of women is more effective in the present economic climate.

"The implication of our gender difference findings is that male/female risk type differences are genetic, having achieved a balance shaped by evolution which would have been critical to survival of our species,” says Mr Trickey, as reported by the Press Association.

"It's easy to see how the balance between prudent, cautious, long-term decision-making of females would have married up very effectively with the impulsive, carefree, adventurous approach of males.

"Risk taking is necessary and desirable, but we need to reinstate the balance that ensured the survival of our ancestors. Whether this is best done by gender selection manipulation is arguable, but the aim should be to achieve a balance of risk types."

"Women are naturally more empathetic than men, and have been nurtured to be more 'prudent' and less likely to take big risks," says life coach, Sophia Davis.

"A combination of this, and the fact that women have become so determined to hold their own in a work context could contribute to the opinion that in the current climate they could potentially make better leaders," she told The Huffington Post.