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What style of leadership do women in STEM fields perform? Findings from an international survey

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Nash, MB and Davies, A and Moore, R, What style of leadership do women in STEM fields perform? Findings from an international survey, PLoS One, 12, (10) Article e0185727. ISSN 1932-6203 (2017) [Refereed Article]


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DOI: doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0185727

Abstract

It is widely acknowledged that women in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and medicine (STEMM) fields are underrepresented in leadership globally. However, little is known about how leadership styles of women in STEMM relate to this underrepresentation. This article discusses findings from a survey examining how 61 women in STEMM define leadership and describe their own leadership styles. Using content analysis and drawing on Full Range Leadership Model factors, findings suggest that women define leadership and describe their own leadership styles using transformational factors. However, there was no consistency in how participants defined ideal leadership or how they defined their own leadership styles. This finding unsettles ideas of distinctly gendered leadership styles. We argue that expectations that leadership will be performed in distinctly gendered styles may be contributing to the underrepresentation of women in leadership roles in STEMM.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:women, STEMM, gender, leadership
Research Division:Studies in Human Society
Research Group:Sociology
Research Field:Social Change
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding Knowledge through Studies of Human Society
UTAS Author:Nash, MB (Dr Meredith Nash)
UTAS Author:Moore, R (Ms Robyn Moore)
ID Code:121499
Year Published:2017
Web of Science® Times Cited:4
Deposited By:Office of the School of Social Sciences
Deposited On:2017-09-29
Last Modified:2018-04-13
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