Women in Leadership Today and Societal Roadblocks – Part 6

By Jordan Winberg

The following article is part of a multi-part series of excerpts from the author’s senior thesis. Begin with Part 1.

 

The Glass Ceiling

Furthermore, women seem to hit a “glass ceiling” in their career, presumably due to descriptive and prescriptive gender stereotypes. An impenetrable, invisible barrier, which is, again, thought to be adverse effects of stereotyping, tends to stop women from advancing in male dominated jobs, regardless of competency (Morrison, White, & Van Velsor, 1987).

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Women in Leadership Today and Societal Roadblocks – Part 5

By Jordan Winberg

The following article is part of a multi-part series of excerpts from the author’s senior thesis. Begin with Part 1. 

 

The Impact of Stereotypes

To get a more in depth look at how stereotypes may be effecting women in leadership, it is important to consider the work of Professor Madeline Heilman, Phd. Professor Heilman is a psychologist who has devoted her entire life’s work to investigating how stereotypes can adversely affect how women are evaluated in the workplace. Her first breakthrough was already discussed in the first paragraph of the paper: the lack of fit model.

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Women in Leadership Today and Societal Roadblocks – Part 2

By Jordan Winberg

The following article is part of a multi-part series of excerpts from the author’s senior thesis. Begin with Part 1. 

Assertiveness in Women: Is it Different from Men?

To begin, aggression/assertiveness is commonly thought to effect leadership ability, an idea supported by scientific evidence. Very low levels of assertiveness are associated with the inability to complete tasks and achieve goals, while markedly high levels of assertiveness are associated with negative relationship building (Ames & Flynn, 2007). Therefore, if women are perceived as having low-levels of assertiveness, they will not be received as being effective leaders (Ames & Flynn, 2007).

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