Alice H. Eagly, Department of Psychology, Northwestern University.
FEMALE LEADERSHIP ADVANTAGE AND DISADVANTAGE: RESOLVING THE CONTRADICTIONS
Article first published online: 9 FEB 2007
Psychology of Women Quarterly
Volume 31, Issue 1, pages 1–12, March 2007
How to Cite
Eagly, A. H. (2007), FEMALE LEADERSHIP ADVANTAGE AND DISADVANTAGE: RESOLVING THE CONTRADICTIONS. Psychology of Women Quarterly, 31: 1–12. doi: 10.1111/j.1471-6402.2007.00326.x
The article reports the author's invited address at the American Psychological Association 2006 Annual Meeting as winner of the Carolyn Wood Sherif Award.
- Issue published online: 9 FEB 2007
- Article first published online: 9 FEB 2007
- Initial submission: September 20, 2006 Initial acceptance: October 30, 2006 Final acceptance: October 30, 2006
In the United States, women are increasingly praised for having excellent skills for leadership and, in fact, women, more than men, manifest leadership styles associated with effective performance as leaders. Nevertheless, more people prefer male than female bosses, and it is more difficult for women than men to become leaders and to succeed in male-dominated leadership roles. This mix of apparent advantage and disadvantage that women leaders experience reflects the considerable progress toward gender equality that has taken place in both attitudes and behavior, coupled with the lack of complete attainment of this goal.