Gender Differences in Leadership

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Gender Differences in Leadership by Rosaline Berry Troy University MSM 6640 Dr. Checkwa ABSTRACT With more women assuming the role of leadership in business organizations, gender differences in leadership is becoming of great interest. Are there distinctive differences in the way men and women lead? Until recently, leadership positions have been mostly held by men. Men have been stereotyped as the more effective leader. In recent years, the gender gap between men and women in leadership roles are decreasing. This creates the need to redefine effective leadership in terms of gender, stereotyping and role expectations. This research paper will discuss the perception of differences in leadership as it relates to gender. Leadership has been defined as the process in which an individual influence and motivate a group towards the achievement of common goals and objectives. (Lussier, Achua) In many societies, men have been the dominant gender in leadership positions. Women make up a majority of the U.S. population. Women earn almost 60 percent of undergraduate degrees and master’s degrees, and yet, they only hold almost 52 percent of all professional-level jobs. (Warner) Women are behind men substantially when it comes to occupying leadership roles. However, women are taking on more and more leadership roles; society is being forced to reexamine the assumption of men being the only effective leaders. Research on gender differences in leadership has been conflicting. Some states that women have different leadership style of leadership than men. Some states there are no major differences in the leadership behavior. (Boundless) A reoccurring theme has been the difference among men and women in leadership is communication and the relationship with followers. Another reoccurring theme is men have been represented as more goal and task oriented and women
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