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If you're going to be a leader, at least act like it! Prejudice towards women who are tentative in leader roles

Bongiorno, Renata; David, Barbara; Bain, Paul

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Role congruity theory predicts prejudice towards women who meet the agentic requirements of the leader role. In line with recent findings indicating greater acceptance of agentic behaviour from women, we find evidence for a more subtle form of prejudice towards women who fail to display agency in leader roles. Using a classic methodology, the agency of male and female leaders was manipulated using assertive or tentative speech, presented through written (Study 1, N = 167) or verbal (Study 2,...[Show more]

dc.contributor.authorBongiorno, Renata
dc.contributor.authorDavid, Barbara
dc.contributor.authorBain, Paul
dc.date.accessioned2015-12-13T22:16:35Z
dc.identifier.issn2044-8309
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/70934
dc.description.abstractRole congruity theory predicts prejudice towards women who meet the agentic requirements of the leader role. In line with recent findings indicating greater acceptance of agentic behaviour from women, we find evidence for a more subtle form of prejudice towards women who fail to display agency in leader roles. Using a classic methodology, the agency of male and female leaders was manipulated using assertive or tentative speech, presented through written (Study 1, N = 167) or verbal (Study 2, N = 66) communications. Consistent with predictions, assertive women were as likeable and influential as assertive men, while being tentative in leadership reduced the likeability and influence of women, but not of men. Although approval of agentic behaviour from women in leadership reflects progress, evidence that women are quickly singled out for disapproval if they fail to show agency is important for understanding how they continue to be at a distinct disadvantage to men in leader roles.
dc.publisherThe British Psychological Society
dc.sourceBritish Journal of Social Psychology
dc.titleIf you're going to be a leader, at least act like it! Prejudice towards women who are tentative in leader roles
dc.typeJournal article
local.description.notesImported from ARIES
local.identifier.citationvolume53
dc.date.issued2014
local.identifier.absfor170100 - PSYCHOLOGY
local.identifier.ariespublicationU3488905xPUB2475
local.type.statusPublished Version
local.contributor.affiliationBongiorno, Renata, College of Medicine, Biology and Environment, ANU
local.contributor.affiliationDavid, Barbara, College of Medicine, Biology and Environment, ANU
local.contributor.affiliationBain, Paul, University of Queensland
local.description.embargo2037-12-31
local.bibliographicCitation.issue2
local.bibliographicCitation.startpage217
local.bibliographicCitation.lastpage234
local.identifier.doi10.1111/bjso.12032
dc.date.updated2015-12-11T07:27:33Z
local.identifier.scopusID2-s2.0-84901831220
local.identifier.thomsonID000337678100002
CollectionsANU Research Publications

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