Finding 8: Female Leaders Show Slightly Higher Stress than Male Leaders

Leadership research has frequently shown burnout, stress, and exhaustion affecting women more than men. This study of leaders across the health and wellbeing industry is no different. Leaders who identified as female represented 65% of leaders in the study sample yet 71% of leaders in the high stress category.

For each health and wellbeing industry sector shown below, a higher proportion of women consistently scored in the high stress category compared to their male counterparts.

When we examined specific stressors, females reported significantly higher stress caused by both Work (specifically Management) and Family (specifically Relatives), and Social Life & Friends.

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