Beyond gender role stereotypes and requisite managerial characteristics

Elaine Berkery (Department of Management and Marketing, Kemmy Business School, University of Limerick, Limerick, Ireland)
Michael Morley (Department of Management and Marketing, Kemmy Business School, University of Limerick, Limerick, Ireland)
Siobhan Tiernan (Department of Management and Marketing, Kemmy Business School, University of Limerick, Limerick, Ireland)

Gender in Management

ISSN: 1754-2413

Publication date: 12 July 2013

Abstract

Purpose

The aims of this study are threefold: to examine the relationship between gender role stereotypes and requisite managerial characteristics, to test Lord and Maher's recognition‐based processes to determine whether familiarity with women in leadership positions decreases the “think manager‐think male” stereotype and to examine the nature of the attributes used to describe men, women and managers.

Design/methodology/approach

Schein's Descriptive Index was used in this study. A total of 1,236 surveys were included in the study. Intraclass correlation coefficients (ICC, r1) were computed to determine the relationship between the different moderators and requisite managerial characteristics. Factorial analysis and agglomerative hierarchal cluster analysis were used to identify the traits attributed to men, women and managers.

Findings

Male respondents continue to gender type the managerial role in favour of men. Both males and managers continue to be viewed as agentic in nature while women are viewed in more androgynous terms by both male and female respondents.

Practical implications

This study expands our understanding of how males and females view women, men and managers. Based on the results of this study, the authors would argue that women are better equipped to adopt an androgynous leadership style and to practise transformational leadership.

Originality/value

This study looks beyond ICC scores and looks at how each of the traits is linked to men, women and managers. The findings are discussed in terms of how organisations need to look beyond the misfit between women and requisite managerial characteristics and focus on what females can contribute at board level and to management in general.

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Citation

Berkery, E., Morley, M. and Tiernan, S. (2013), "Beyond gender role stereotypes and requisite managerial characteristics", Gender in Management, Vol. 28 No. 5, pp. 278-298. https://doi.org/10.1108/GM-12-2012-0098

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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