The purpose of this paper is to extend the “think manager, think male” research paradigm by examining managerial stereotypes as a function of both gender and sexual orientation, thus comparing the similarity of managerial stereotypes against the stereotypes of male (heterosexual and gay) and female (heterosexual and lesbian) managers.
In total, 163 heterosexual participants used the 92-item “Descriptive Index” attribute inventory to rate one of five target groups: successful managers, heterosexual male managers, heterosexual female managers, gay male managers and lesbian female managers. Intraclass correlation coefficients were calculated to assess the degree of correspondence between ratings of the target groups.
The findings showed a higher correspondence between the descriptions of heterosexual male or female managers and the successful manager prototype than between the descriptions of gay male managers and the successful manager prototype. Additionally, results showed that the stereotypes of lesbian female managers were seen as having a moderate level of fit with the successful manager prototype.
This study it is the first empirical investigation to assess whether the “think manager, think male” phenomenon holds for managers who are members of sexual minority groups.
The Publisher wishes to retract the precis article “Changing image of the ideal manager: Why we must challenge gay and lesbian stereotypes”, published in Human Resource Management International Digest, Vol. 24 No. 3, 2016. It has come to the attention of Emerald Publishing that this precis article contains large sections of unattributed text taken from the original research article “Think manager, think male? Heterosexuals’ stereotypes of gay and lesbian managers” by Benjamin E. Liberman and Frank D. Golom, published in Equality, Diversity and Inclusion: An International Journal, Vol. 34 No. 7, 2015.
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Beal, B. (2016), "Changing image of the ideal manager: Why we must challenge gay and lesbian stereotypes", Human Resource Management International Digest, Vol. 24 No. 3, pp. 41-43. https://doi.org/10.1108/HRMID-01-2016-0010Download as .RIS
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