[Stephen Pirie, 11 December, 2008]
Why men tend more to compete and women tend more to cooperate
According to research conducted by Dr. Joanne Winter at Melbourne’s Monash University
when women get together in a group they speak ... in a collaborative, non-competitive language, with phrases like “let’s do this” and “How about we try this.” Men in groups talk together in terms of rigid pecking order and hierarchy 1
Australia’s leading women business executives have reported that
Women... are far less hierarchical than their male peers. Instead they prefer a much flatter organizational structure with a greater emphasis on teamwork and cooperation.2
“Women have less of an ego,” she says. “They’re happy to be part of a team. Men are more individualistic, less collectivist. They like to do it themselves. And if they do work in a team, they don’t want to credit anyone else. They like to claim all the glory for themselves.2
Competition and hierarchy is born of an emphasis upon separation from others, upon an emphasis (or bias) towards independent individuality.
The masculine-particle nature is orientated towards objectivity. It is action orientated. For this reason, men (or masculine women) find a natural affinity with the outdoors and in general with all manner of physical activities. It is easily observed that men are more sports inclined (e.g. watching sporting matches on television) than women. Sports embody many of the stereotypical masculine qualities, perhaps the most important being that it is competitive and results orientated. Men want to have the biggest, the most, the fastest, the most expensive and they want to be the best—all facets which go to help distinguish the man as being different, unique and higher up the hierarchy.