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Gender differences in leadership styles and management skills

Sarah Burke (Sarah Burke is an Adjunct Faculty Member at the Department of Economics, College of Commerce and Finance, Villanova University, Villanova, Pennsylvania, USA.)
Karen M. Collins (Karen M. Collins is an Associate Professor of Accounting at Rauch Business Center, College of Business and Economics, Lehigh University, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA.)

Women in Management Review

ISSN: 0964-9425

Article publication date: 1 August 2001



The results of this study suggest that self‐reported leadership styles of female accountants differ somewhat from the leadership styles reported by male accountants. Females are more likely than males to indicate that they use an interactive style of management called transformational leadership. This leadership style was found to be correlated with several management skills associated with success. Female accountants reported somewhat higher perceived effectiveness on two of these management skills: coaching and developing and communicating. The findings also suggest that female accountants receive more developmental opportunities than do their male colleagues.



Burke, S. and Collins, K.M. (2001), "Gender differences in leadership styles and management skills", Women in Management Review, Vol. 16 No. 5, pp. 244-257.




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