Sex role stereotyping and requisites of successful top managers

Sex role stereotyping and requisites of successful top managers The issue of management style and women's progression has been highlighted in the past, but women's perceptions of successful management styles are important too, especially where women's own preferred management style differs from their view of the top team. Such differences can lead to women not putting themselves forward for promotion. Reports a study of male and female managers in one very large insurance company. Uses the personality attributes questionnaire (PAQ) to identify the managers' own management style, and their perceptions of the style of "the successful manager" who had reached the top team in their organisation. The PAQ identifies two dimensions of management from which four categories can be found. The survey of 363 managers revealed significant gender differences. The study provides further evidence of a shift in perceptions of leadership styles towards androgynous management, high on both instrumental and expressive traits. However, women are still thinking in "think manager, think male" mode, which may limit their confidence to put themselves forward for promotion. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Women In Management Review Emerald Publishing

Sex role stereotyping and requisites of successful top managers

Women In Management Review, Volume 17 (3/4): 11 – May 1, 2002

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Emerald Publishing
Copyright
Copyright © 2002 MCB UP Ltd. All rights reserved.
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0964-9425
DOI
10.1108/09649420210425264
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Abstract

The issue of management style and women's progression has been highlighted in the past, but women's perceptions of successful management styles are important too, especially where women's own preferred management style differs from their view of the top team. Such differences can lead to women not putting themselves forward for promotion. Reports a study of male and female managers in one very large insurance company. Uses the personality attributes questionnaire (PAQ) to identify the managers' own management style, and their perceptions of the style of "the successful manager" who had reached the top team in their organisation. The PAQ identifies two dimensions of management from which four categories can be found. The survey of 363 managers revealed significant gender differences. The study provides further evidence of a shift in perceptions of leadership styles towards androgynous management, high on both instrumental and expressive traits. However, women are still thinking in "think manager, think male" mode, which may limit their confidence to put themselves forward for promotion.

Journal

Women In Management ReviewEmerald Publishing

Published: May 1, 2002

Keywords: Stereotyping; Gender; Leadership; omen; Management; Success

References

  • The transformational and transactional leadership of men and women
    Bass, B.M.; Avolio, B.J.; Atwater, L.E.
  • Women, men and management styles
    Claes, M.‐T.
  • Women directors on top UK boards
    Singh, V.; Vinnicombe, S.; Johnson, P.

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