What a load of stereotypical bollocks. I'm a man, and I don't accept or give abuse at work. If someone is rubbish, I'll tell them politely and professionally what they need to change, and if they continue to be rubbish, I'll fire them. Most of the women I have worked with seem to have the same sense of humour, skin-thickness and social skills as the men. i.e. if you are flat out rude and abusive, they get upset.
There is no need for for abusive leadership styles, irrespective of whether the team members or male or female.
Not everyone has the power to fire everyone they have a personality conflict with. You apparently are CEO and sole investor of your company.
Not at all. Just a lowly Software Development Manager. Company of roughly 50,000 worldwide (not an IT company).
I think you missed my main point -- that being rude isn't usually helpful, and you focussed on the firing bit (which was simply an aside).
Ahh, but the "firing bit" sounds like the key -- it's easy to tell someone to stop abuse when you have the power to fire them. It's less easy when it's someone at the same level or a superior that has the power to fire *you*.