Women's quota for role models: Why do we often think of men as managers?

Work well, plant 500 trees! We make the Working World more Human and Ecological, so we donate Revenue for Certified Afforestation. As Publisher Best of HR - Berufebilder .de® you can unique Book Concept, on Demand eCourses and News Service we share 15 years of Experience with our Customers (Samsung, Otto, State Institutions). By the Top 20-Blogger Simone Janson, referenced in ARD, ZEIT, WELT, Wikipedia .
Artwork created as part of a free collaboration with Shutterstock. ,

One reason why there are still so few women in top management in Germany is that it is difficult for many people to categorize women as managers and react accordingly. But what can we do about it?

Women's quota for role models: Why do we often think of men as managers? Quota for women's role models: Why do we often think of men as managers?

Here writes for you:

Prof. Dr. Niels van Quaquebeke 46Prof. Dr. Niels Van Quaquebeke Professor for Leadership and Organizational Behavior at the Kühne Logistics University.


The image of executives is male

According to the implicit leadership theories, individuals develop mental abstractions of what constitutes leadership (also called leadership prototype) over the course of their lives.

These executive prototypes are unconsciously used as schematic categorization patterns on the basis of which information is perceived, evaluated and categorized.

The empirically confirmed assumption that the degree of fit between the target person and the executive prototype in succession not only determines whether the respective target person is seen as a leader;

Tip: Text as PDF (please read the instructions!) Download or for a little more Book on the topic with discount or eCourse book. Actions or news via Newsletter!

The shot determines how we record something - not the other way around!

The degree of fit also determines how openly the perceptive subject is exposed to any attempt at influence by the target person, how trustworthy the relationship between them can be or generally how well the target person is assessed in their leadership role.

Thus, according to this approach of executive categorization, it is not so much the objective qualities as the leader but cognitive processes of perception that determine how individuals respond to a (potential) leadership.

In practice: management prototypes are male!

Several papers consistently and repeatedly show that leadership prototypes are more masculine. For example, in a study by Offermann et al., Subjects find aspects of masculinity explicit as leadership prototypes.

In addition, Johnson and colleagues demonstrated that a total of eight leadership prototypic factors identified by Offermann and colleagues were clearly attributed to men, while only one dimension was more strongly associated with women.

Socially and historically characterized

The remaining four dimensions were used to describe male and female managers alike. These results are in line with various other findings, in which the leadership role is defined by test persons rather male.

Tip: Text as PDF (please read the instructions!) Download or for a little more Book on the topic with discount or eCourse book. Actions or news via Newsletter!

For many centuries, leadership positions have traditionally been clothed by men and the connection between man and Guide thus firmly anchoring both in the personal and in the social leadership prototype, the results described above are hardly surprising.

Think manager, think male

While modern developments in gender mainstreaming and gender equality policy may have had an impact on this, it is likely to be more long-term as gender role models have generally proved to be very resilient to change.

The think-manager-think-male phenomenon, which Virginia E. Schein made known in 1996, can still be found in current studies.

Should career women behave masculine?

Accordingly, it may be advisable to advise women with ambitions for leadership positions to behave as masculine as possible, and thus more likely to fulfill the gender role that can be well associated with leadership.

In doing so, however, it is overlooked that a breach of the expectations placed on women because of their gender is also a negative assessment.

Tip: Text as PDF (please read the instructions!) Download or for a little more Book on the topic with discount or eCourse book. Actions or news via Newsletter!

Male behavior does not lead to the goal!

A “forced” change in behavior for women is therefore not only questionable from a normative and ethical point of view, but also practically difficult to do against the background of the empirical situation. The desired result - equality - is not achieved in this way!

Instead, other forms are needed to overcome this type of gender discrimination.

Offline download: Download this text as PDF - Read usage rights, Because we do not automatically submit the title of this text for privacy reasons: When buying in "interests" the title register if support is needed. After buying text exclusively Download at this URL (please save). Or for a little more directly an entire book or eCourse with this text buy, read on.

3,99 Book now

Book on the topic with discount: This text is also available in book form and you can buy the title here in two languages. You can also preview the book first look at and then purchase directly on the book page with a 20 percent member discount.

German edition: ISBN 9783965960602

7,99 Buy directly

English version: ISBN 9783965960619 (Translation notice)

7,99 Buy directly

Your eCourse on Demand: Choose your personal eCourse on this or another desired topic, As a PDF download. Up to 30 lessons with each 4 learning task + final lesson. Please enter the title under "interests". Alternatively, we are happy to put together your course for you or offer you a personal regular eMailCourse including supervision and certificate - all further information!

19,99 Book now

Consultant packages: You want to increase your reach or address applicants as an employer? For these and other topics we offer special Consultant packages (overview) - For example, a personal phone call (price is per hour).

179,99 Book now

occupations pictures

You want to comment here? Please the Debate Rules comply, contributions must be unlocked. Your eMailAddress remains secret. More information on the use of your data and how you can counter this can be found in our Privacy Policy.

  1. To follow debate on this post
  2. All debates follow
  1. Competencepartner

    Series & Study: Women's quota for the role model? Why we in leadership often refer to men ...

Post a Comment

Your eMail address will not be published. Required fields are marked with * .

JaI would like to be regularly informed about the latest promotions & offers Newsletter be informed.

I hereby accept the Debate Rules and the Privacy policy with the possibility to contradict the use of my data at any time.