MEN, WOMEN, AND MANAGERS: ARE STEREOTYPES FINALLY CHANGING?

MEN, WOMEN, AND MANAGERS: ARE STEREOTYPES FINALLY CHANGING? As the number of women in management roles increases and organizations place a greater emphasis on diversity, a subsequent change in perceptions of women as leader‐like is expected. To test this notion, we examined gender and management stereotypes of male and female managers and students. Results reveal considerable change in male managers' views of women over the past 30 years, as evidenced by greater congruence between their perceptions of women and successful managers and stronger endorsement of agentic and task‐oriented leadership characteristics for women. Stereotypes held by male students changed less, remaining strikingly similar to stereotypes held by male managers 15 years ago. Across samples, there was general agreement in the characteristics of managers but less agreement about the characteristics of women. We also found men somewhat less likely than women to attribute successful manager characteristics to women. Respondents with positive past experiences with female managers tended to rate women higher on management characteristics. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Personnel Psychology Wiley

MEN, WOMEN, AND MANAGERS: ARE STEREOTYPES FINALLY CHANGING?

Personnel Psychology, Volume 59 (4) – Dec 1, 2006

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Wiley
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Copyright © 2006 Wiley Subscription Services, Inc., A Wiley Company
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0031-5826
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1744-6570
DOI
10.1111/j.1744-6570.2006.00055.x
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Abstract

As the number of women in management roles increases and organizations place a greater emphasis on diversity, a subsequent change in perceptions of women as leader‐like is expected. To test this notion, we examined gender and management stereotypes of male and female managers and students. Results reveal considerable change in male managers' views of women over the past 30 years, as evidenced by greater congruence between their perceptions of women and successful managers and stronger endorsement of agentic and task‐oriented leadership characteristics for women. Stereotypes held by male students changed less, remaining strikingly similar to stereotypes held by male managers 15 years ago. Across samples, there was general agreement in the characteristics of managers but less agreement about the characteristics of women. We also found men somewhat less likely than women to attribute successful manager characteristics to women. Respondents with positive past experiences with female managers tended to rate women higher on management characteristics.

Journal

Personnel PsychologyWiley

Published: Dec 1, 2006

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