Female leadership advantage and disadvantage: Resolving the contradictions

Alice H Eagly*

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Abstract

In the United States, women are increasingly praised for having excellent skills for leadership and, in fact, women, more than men, manifest leadership styles associated with effective performance as leaders. Nevertheless, more people prefer male than female bosses, and it is more difficult for women than men to become leaders and to succeed in male-dominated leadership roles. This mix of apparent advantage and disadvantage that women leaders experience reflects the considerable progress toward gender equality that has taken place in both attitudes and behavior, coupled with the lack of complete attainment of this goal.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-12
Number of pages12
JournalPsychology of Women Quarterly
Volume31
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1 2007

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gender Studies
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Psychology(all)

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