Differences Between Men And Women 's Leadership Styles

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Gender can be defined as the state of being male or female (typically used with reference to social and cultural differences rather than biological ones). Leadership can be defined as the action of leading a group of people or organization. Societies perception of women and the actual reality of women and leadership is very flawed.
In the last decade leadership and its definition has changed significantly. Changes have been driven by many factors including increasing diversity in the labour force, shifts in work environment from being local to international, mergers and acquisitions among corporations from different countries, organizational restructure across national boundaries, increasing advanced technology and the large number of females entering the workforce (Gibson, 1995, p 225).
There are many opposing viewpoints on women’s ability to be leaders and the style that they use to execute their role. There are 2 different opinions on leadership in the workplace 1. That men and women differ in their leadership styles and attributes that make them good leaders and 2. That there is essentially no difference between men and women’s leadership styles. Many believe that there are certain characteristics and personal attributes that are specific to men and women that can either hinder or help their situation.
Men are viewed as agentic in their qualities as leaders. Agentic style can be evaluated by being assertive, goal-directed, controlling, aggressive, ambitious,…

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