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Title: Gender and Managerial Level Differences in Perceptions of Effective Leadership
Contributor(s): Muchiri, Michael K (author); Cooksey, Ray W  (author); Di Milia, Lee V (author); Walumbwa, Fred O (author)
Publication Date: 2011
DOI: 10.1108/01437731111146578
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Abstract: Purpose – This paper seeks to examine gender- and management- level differences in perceptions of effective leadership within a framework of new leadership models that focus on the processes of influencing self and others rather than leadership based on hierarchy. Design/methodology/approach – A self-report questionnaire was distributed to a sample of council employees. The responses were analysed using thematic matrix displays. Findings – Males and non-management employees (when compared with female and management) perceived effective leadership as that which emphasises fairness, equality and honesty, develops staff, fosters workplace harmony, and is trustworthy. Female employees emphasised communication, decision-making ability, and supporting the leader as being important to how a work unit could contribute to organizational leadership effectiveness. Employees at the management level underscored vision, supporting the leader, and integrity as being important to how a work unit could contribute to organizational leadership effectiveness. Female and non-management employees highlighted employee development, contingent reward, communication and vision as being central to how organizational leadership could contribute to the effectiveness of the work unit. Originality/value – Unlike the literature that differentiates between charismatic and transformational forms of leadership, this paper views these two constructs as both being components of transformational leadership.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: Leadership & Organization Development Journal, 32(5), p. 462-492
Publisher: Emerald Group Publishing Ltd
Place of Publication: London, United Kingdom
ISSN: 1472-5347
Field of Research (FOR): 150311 Organisational Behaviour
170107 Industrial and Organisational Psychology
150310 Organisation and Management Theory
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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