Compared to your male friends, co-workers or significant other, have you noticed that you tend to have better judgement, are more organized, and plan things out well?
According to research performed at Amen Clinics by Dr. Daniel Amen—a clinical neuroscientist, psychiatrist, and brain imaging specialist—women have much stronger brain activity in their prefrontal cortex. And yep, you guessed it—that’s the part of the brain responsible for those wonderful traits we mentioned above, which Dr. Amen refers to as the “CEO part of the brain.”
Most recently, Dr. Amen and his team conducted the largest brain-imaging analysis ever to evaluate the differences between the brains of both sexes. Women’s brains were much more active than men’s—112 out of 128 regions of the brain that were measured showed increased blood flow—and the areas affected govern things like forethought, empathy, and impulse control.
“These are the very qualities needed to successfully manage a company, lead a nation, mediate crisis, and get people working together toward a common goal,” said Dr. Amen. “This strength in the prefrontal cortex also points to a possible explanation for the lower incidence of ADHD, antisocial personality disorder, substance abuse, and possibly incarcerations.”
So what does this all mean? We’re not saying that women should rule the world, but women should realize that despite the gender imbalance in the workplace (and in politics), there is indeed scientific proof that women just might be more suitable to head up the boardroom.
You can find out more in Dr. Amen’s latest book, Unleash the Power of the Female Brain.