Respectful leadership:Reducing performance challenges posed by leader role incongruence and gender dissimilarity

van Gils, Suzanne, Van Quaquebeke, Niels, Borkowski, Jan and van Knippenberg, Daan (2018). Respectful leadership:Reducing performance challenges posed by leader role incongruence and gender dissimilarity. Human Relations, 71 (12), pp. 1590-1610.

Abstract

We investigate how respectful leadership can help overcome the challenges for follower performance that female leaders face when working (especially with male) followers. First, based on role congruity theory, we illustrate the biases faced by female leaders. Second, based on research on gender (dis-)similarity, we propose that these biases should be particularly pronounced when working with a male follower. Finally, we propose that respectful leadership is most conducive to performance in female leader–male follower dyads compared with all other gender configurations. A multi-source field study (N = 214) provides partial support for our hypothesis. While our hypothesized effect was confirmed, respectful leadership seems to be generally effective for female leaders irrespective of follower gender, thus lending greater support in this context to the arguments of role congruity rather than gender dissimilarity.

Publication DOI: https://doi.org/10.1177/0018726718754992
Divisions: Aston Business School > Work & organisational psychology
Aston Business School > Work & organisational psychology research group
Aston Business School
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Uncontrolled Keywords: gender dissimilarity,respectful leadership,role congruity theory,Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous),Social Sciences(all),Strategy and Management,Management of Technology and Innovation
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Published Date: 2018-12-01
Authors: van Gils, Suzanne
Van Quaquebeke, Niels
Borkowski, Jan
van Knippenberg, Daan ( 0000-0002-0269-8102)

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