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.
Women In Management Review – Emerald Publishing
Published: May 1, 2002
Keywords: Stereotyping; Gender; Leadership; omen; Management; Success
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