Gender based difference in managerial styles Essay

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Executive Summary This report looks at several researches that have studied the managerial styles of males and females with an attempt to define perceived differences between them. In addition discussed are the results from studies on the effectiveness of managers between the two genders. The results of these studies have been analyzed through readings of several researches and personal experiences of the students doing this report. Studies say both genders are at least equally effective in the business world and that success is affected by diverse individual factors and has very less to do with gender. Commonly held perceptions of males being more effective managers are not only a loss to the female manager, but a loss to the…show more content…
The discussion between the team members included an example of two managers (one male and one female), coming from similar cultural backgrounds, in the same organization, with about the same level of experience, managing (almost) the same team, in similar business situations, over different periods. Another notable, example used was between two managers from different organizations but from the same (Tourism) industry and at similar designations and responsibilities. The presence of both genders in the team evenhanded the debate well. The report and its conclusions we believe are well-balanced and a result of - studying and scrutinizing several researches in detail and hours spent discussing, brainstorming and intelligent probing of views and experiences Democratic Vs Autocratic Management styles Several studies reviewed either conclude, state or at least hint that women managers adopt a more participatory management style. This can be partly substantiated by one such extensive meta-analysis of 162 studies by Eagly and Johnson (1990: 108, 233-256). They concluded one major difference in leadership style is that women tend to have a more democratic approach, with more collaboration and sharing of decision-making, while men tend to be more autocratic and directive. There is a strong consensus amongst the group members that the level of participatory management style
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