Accession Number:

ADA106361

Title:

Leader Effectiveness as a Function of Leader's Sex and Leadership Style

Descriptive Note:

Technical Report

Corporate Author:

AIR FORCE INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB United States

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Report Date:

1979-03-01

Pagination or Media Count:

188.0

Abstract:

Social scientists have long been interested in studying leadership and the effects of gender on performance and impressions. The emergence of women in leadership positions makes the study of these factors particularly important today. Although numerous social scientists have substantiated various sex-role stereotypes common to western society, little research has been conducted to see how these stereotypes may influence the effectiveness of the leader. Following Fiedlers contingency theory of leadership, leader effectiveness is considered to be the measure of group productivity or performance. Most research on sex stereotypes in leadership has concentrated either on follower impressions and attitudes or on cataloging differences in behavior between male and female leaders. In the present study, leader behavior was manipulated and follower impressions, as well as the more practical outcome, leader effectiveness, were observed as functions of the leaders sex and leadership style.

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Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE