"I'm absolutely confident that for two years if every nation on Earth was run by women, you would see a significant improvement across the board on just about everything .... living standards and outcomes," Barack Obama said.

By Ian Horswill


Posted on December 17, 2019

Former US president Barack Obama said that women make better leaders than men.

“Now women, I just want you to know; you are not perfect, but what I can say pretty indisputably is that you’re better than us (men),” Barack Obama said at a private event on leadership in Singapore, reported BBC News.

“I’m absolutely confident that for two years if every nation on Earth was run by women, you would see a significant improvement across the board on just about everything …. living standards and outcomes.”

Barack Obama, who served as the 44th President of the US from 2009 to 2017, said most of the problems in the world came from old people, mostly men, holding onto positions of power.

“It is important for political leaders to try and remind themselves that you are there to do a job, but you are not there for life, you are not there in order to prop up your own sense of self importance or your own power,” Obama said.

Malaysia’s Prime Minister Mahathir bin Mohamad is the world’s oldest leader at age 94, followed by the 90-year-old Emir of Kuwait, Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah. US President Donald Trump is 73 years old and it is highly possible he will fight next year’s US Presidential Election with 77-year-old Joe Biden.

Barack Obama has previously shared similar thoughts on women in leadership.

In July 2018, he urged more women to get involved in politics, saying “men have been getting on my nerves lately” at an Obama Foundation Town Hall in South Africa.

“Every day I read the newspaper and I just think like, ‘Brothers, what’s wrong with you guys? What’s wrong with us?’ I mean, we’re violent, we’re bullying. You know, just not handling our business,” Obama said. “So I think empowering more women on the continent — that right away is going to lead to some better policies,” he said.

And in December 2017, Barack Obama said more women should be put in positions of power “because men seem to be having some problems these days,” during an invitation-only event in Paris, AFP reported.

Barack Obama said that a great leader questions themselves and those around them, asking things like, “How can I make the people around me better? How do I empower them? How do I build a team where everyone’s pulling together to get something done?”

And in his eyes, women are better at these things: “(Not) to generalise, but women seem to have a better capacity than men do, partly because of their socialisation,” he said.

When Barack Obama left the White House he and his wife, former first lady Michelle, set up the Obama Foundation which aims to mentor young leaders around the world. The Obamas were in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, last week for an Obama Foundation event.