Revisiting leadership styles and attitudes towards women as managers in Greece

Eleanna Galanaki (Athens University of Economics and Business, Athens, Greece)
Nancy Papalexandris (Athens University of Economics and Business, Athens, Greece)
John Halikias (Athens University of Economics and Business, Athens, Greece)

Gender in Management

ISSN: 1754-2413

Publication date: 2 October 2009

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to deal with the attitudes towards women as managers, and the leadership style that women managers adopt. By replicating a study that was conducted in 1990, it is intended to explore how things have changed during the last 15 years, in terms of attitudes towards women in management, as well as in terms of the leadership style that each gender tends to apply at work.

Design/methodology/approach

A longitudinal survey, first run in 1990 and repeated in 2006, with a similar to the original sample of 229 Greek middle managers. Three very popular research scales are used to study the phenomenon: the women as managers scale, the satisfaction with the supervisor and the Likert four types of leadership styles.

Findings

The 2006 initial findings indicate greater presence of women in managerial positions, and relatively stable attitudes towards women as managers. Satisfaction with supervisor does not appear to be significantly correlated with the managers' gender, while, at the same time, no significant difference appears to exist between the leadership styles that male and female managers adopt.

Originality/value

This research is unique in drawing on cross‐time, large pool of data, to support the existence of persisting effects in the attitudes towards women as managers, as well as the effect of gender on the satisfaction with supervisor.

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Citation

Galanaki, E., Papalexandris, N. and Halikias, J. (2009), "Revisiting leadership styles and attitudes towards women as managers in Greece", Gender in Management, Vol. 24 No. 7, pp. 484-504. https://doi.org/10.1108/17542410910991782

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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