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Feminine Leadership, its Perception and Urgency: A Research Study Held Amongst Hotel Managers

Advances in Hospitality and Leisure

ISBN: 978-1-78441-174-9

ISSN: 1745-3542

Publication date: 20 September 2014


Literature and practice show that the integration of feminine characteristics into leadership in the management of hotel organizations is becoming increasingly important. Although some leading hotel chains claim to further this integration by encouraging women to develop their career paths upwards into the higher management ranks, little research has been conducted into this phenomenon. This is why this study seeks to assess and elaborate the current status of attempts to integrate feminine aspects into leadership within the hotel industry. The qualitative study held among hotel managers demonstrates that the terms ‘masculine’ and ‘feminine’ are confusing. Additionally, when feminine and masculine leadership are considered, these terms are not carefully implemented. Hence, there is a strong need for greater in-depth knowledge and effective training to enhance the successful implementation of feminine and masculine leadership in the hotel industry.




We wish to thank Luuk Albers for supporting Carlijne throughout the research study. His determination, critical ideas, feedback and unconditional support have been a major help. His time and effort are very much appreciated. We also wish to thank Laetis Kuipers for revising this chapter.


Joosten, C., Sok, J. and Blomme, R.J. (2014), "Feminine Leadership, its Perception and Urgency: A Research Study Held Amongst Hotel Managers", Advances in Hospitality and Leisure (Advances in Hospitality and Leisure, Vol. 10), Emerald Group Publishing Limited, Bingley, pp. 131-150.



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