Have women CEOs coped better with Covid than men?

By Nina Goswami
BBC Creative Diversity Lead and journalist

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  • Coronavirus pandemic

image copyrightGetty Imagesimage captionNew Zealand's Jacinda Ardern has been widely praised for her handling of the Covid pandemic

Have female world leaders been more effective in tackling the coronavirus pandemic than their male counterparts?

From New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, to Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, it is a widely-held view.

There have even been academic studies on the issue, with one claiming that "Covid outcomes are systematically better in countries led by women".

But even if women politicians have indeed coped better with the pandemic than their male counterparts, is it the same in the world of business?

We talked to five female business leaders about Covid – and discussed their views on whether there is a female-style of leadership.

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