Too Masculine, Too Bad Effects of Communion on Leaders’ Promotion of Cooperation


This study challenges researchers and practitioners in the field of leadership to consider communion as a relevant variable for (male) leadership effectiveness. We suggest that communal traits influence the ability of male leaders to engender cooperation and that this effect is stronger in male-dominated contexts. We argue that this is because relevant traits and leadership behaviors that underscore a sense of community are associated with stereotypically feminine roles and identity. In a series of three studies, experimental as well as survey-based, using Spanish, Dutch, and American samples, we examined such gendered construction of male leadership and its effects on cooperation. Among others, results are discussed in terms of how stereotypically masculine constructions of male leadership may create barriers to effective leadership.

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Divisions: College of Business and Social Sciences > Aston Business School > Work & Organisational Psychology
College of Business and Social Sciences > Aston Business School
Additional Information: Copyright: The Authors
Uncontrolled Keywords: leadership,gender,cooperation,identity
Publication ISSN: 1552-3993
Last Modified: 07 Jun 2024 07:15
Date Deposited: 01 Feb 2018 09:50
PURE Output Type: Article
Published Date: 2016-08-01
Published Online Date: 2015-05-04
Accepted Date: 2015-03-28
Authors: Gartzia, Leire
Van Knippenberg, Daniel L (ORCID Profile 0000-0002-0269-8102)



Version: Published Version

License: Creative Commons Attribution

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