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Women In Management Review

ISSN: 0964-9425
Currently published as: Gender in Management: An International Journal

Online from: 1985

Subject Area: Human Resource Management

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Women's leadership styles: a heuristic analysis

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Title:Women's leadership styles: a heuristic analysis
Author(s):Jane H. Stanford, (Chair of the Department of Management and Marketing, College of Business Administration, Texas A&M University, Kingsville, and Associate Professor of Business Policy and International Management.), Barbara R. Oates, (Assistant Professor of Marketing in the Department of Management and Marketing, College of Business Administration, Texas A&M University, Kingsville.), Delfina Flores, (Recent graduate in General Business of the College of Business Administration, Texas A&M University, Kingsville, Texas, USA.)
Citation:Jane H. Stanford, Barbara R. Oates, Delfina Flores, (1995) "Women's leadership styles: a heuristic analysis", Women In Management Review, Vol. 10 Iss: 2, pp.9 - 16
Keywords:Gender, Individual behaviour, Leadership, Management styles, Participative management, Qualitative techniques
Article type:Research paper
DOI:10.1108/09649429510077421 (Permanent URL)
Publisher:MCB UP Ltd
Abstract:Poses the question: do women have different leadership styles from those of men? With the current and projected impact of women-led business on the world's economies, this question is an important one. Surprisingly, however, there is an insignificant amount of empirical research into this leadership-gender debate – most of the contemporary literature is purely conceptual. Therefore, the goal of the present study is to initiate scientific inquiry of this topic. An exploratory investigation of a sample of women business owners and managers was conducted to examine their leadership styles. From this preliminary study, utilizing the qualitative research methodology of content analysis, a heuristic model of female leadership is developed.

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