Lammers, Joris and Gast, Anne (2017). Stressing the Advantages of Female Leadership Can Place Women at a Disadvantage. Soc. Psychol., 48 (1). S. 28 - 40. GOTTINGEN: HOGREFE & HUBER PUBLISHERS. ISSN 2151-2590

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Abstract

Women are still underrepresented in management and men hold the majority of higher positions. Nonetheless, one often-heard claim in popular media is that female people-centered leadership skills (empathy, communication, etc.) are a better match for the business world - especially in the future. Furthermore, a related idea is that women may use this advantage to take over men's dominant position in leadership. Four studies show that such claims paradoxically maintain gender inequality, by undermining support for affirmative action to reduce female underrepresentation in leadership. Where earlier research shows that positive stereotypes can hurt women by suggesting that they are unqualified for leadership, the current findings show that even positive stereotypes that claim that women are particularly well qualified for leadership can hurt women in their chances for gaining leadership positions. Although it is good to highlight the advantages of female leadership, exaggerated and sensationalist claims contribute to a perpetuation of gender inequality.

Item Type: Journal Article
Creators:
CreatorsEmailORCIDORCID Put Code
Lammers, JorisUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Gast, AnneUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
URN: urn:nbn:de:hbz:38-247301
DOI: 10.1027/1864-9335/a000292
Journal or Publication Title: Soc. Psychol.
Volume: 48
Number: 1
Page Range: S. 28 - 40
Date: 2017
Publisher: HOGREFE & HUBER PUBLISHERS
Place of Publication: GOTTINGEN
ISSN: 2151-2590
Language: English
Faculty: Unspecified
Divisions: Unspecified
Subjects: no entry
Uncontrolled Keywords:
KeywordsLanguage
REQUISITE MANAGEMENT CHARACTERISTICS; AMAZONS MECHANICAL TURK; SEX-ROLE STEREOTYPES; AFFIRMATIVE-ACTION; GENDER STEREOTYPES; BENEVOLENT SEXISM; SYSTEM JUSTIFICATION; GLASS CLIFF; QUEEN-BEE; PREJUDICEMultiple languages
Psychology, SocialMultiple languages
Refereed: Yes
URI: http://kups.ub.uni-koeln.de/id/eprint/24730

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