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New research* from Paymentsense has revealed that female business leaders are better at handling stress than their male counterparts.

Approaching half (45%) of male respondents said their clear thinking was affected by stress at least five times a day, compared with just 17% of females.

Although 64% of female SME leaders said they encounter a stressful event which stops them thinking clearly at least once a day, the proportion of male respondents reporting this was higher at three quarters (75%).

This trend continued at the other end of the scale. Almost a third of female business leaders (30%) said that such an event occurs just once a week or less frequently, compared with 19% of men. Only 7% of male respondents said that stress never prevents their clear thinking, compared with 11% of women.

The causes of this stress also varied by gender....

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