States with women governors had fewer COVID-19 deaths and more optimistic public briefings

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States with women governors had fewer COVID-19 deaths and more optimistic public briefings

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Having a woman as governor of a U.S. state is associated with fewer COVID-19 related deaths, according to new research published in the Journal of Applied Psychology. The study also found that women governors exhibited greater empathy and confidence during their public briefings, which may help explain the association.

The authors of the study, Kayla Sergent of Edgewood College and Alex Stajkovic of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, were inspired by previous research that had indicated women tend to be favored for leadership roles during periods of crisis.

“We were discussing the implications of the pandemic on society, and Alex suggested that women leaders may be more effective than men leaders,” explained Sergent, an assistant professor of management.

Click here to read the full article published by Psypost on 16 August 2020.

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