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Am I the right candidate? Self-ascribed fit of women and men to a leadership position

Bosak, Janine orcid logoORCID: 0000-0001-5701-6538 and Szczesny, Sabine (2008) Am I the right candidate? Self-ascribed fit of women and men to a leadership position. Sex Roles, 58 (9-10). pp. 682-688. ISSN 1573-2762

Women are assumed to show a self-ascribed lack-of-fit to leadership positions compared to men (Heilman, 1983). The present study examined whether this gender difference would diminish when agency is accounted for and whether a stimulus person’s gender would alter women’s self-ascribed fit. German management students (91 women, 95 men) received a fictitious recruitment advertisement for a leadership position that portrayed a man, a woman, or both a man and a woman. Participants indicated their perceptions of agency and suitability to the advertised position. As predicted, women judged themselves as less suitable for the leadership position than men and participants’ self-reported agency mediated this effect. Furthermore, all participants felt most suitable if a male and a female stimulus person were portrayed.
Item Type:Article (Published)
Uncontrolled Keywords:Sex Differences; Gender Stereotypes; Leadership; Agency; Self-Perception
Subjects:Social Sciences > Social psychology
DCU Faculties and Centres:DCU Faculties and Schools > DCU Business School
Official URL:http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11199-007-9380-4
Copyright Information:© 2008 Kluwer
Use License:This item is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-Share Alike 3.0 License. View License
ID Code:20699
Deposited On:10 Jul 2015 10:29 by Margaret Galuszynska . Last Modified 15 Mar 2019 10:21

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