The Misconception of Effective Leadership Styles: Perceived Gender Biases

Rachel Stoehr, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville

Abstract

Women are effective leaders with versatile leadership styles and numerous leadership competencies. These skills are strongly correlated to organizational success factors such as retaining talent, customer satisfaction, employee engagement, and profitability. The gender bias present in today’s social construct causes women to be stereotyped and categorized in regards to their leadership style. Several independent studies highlight the skills and abilities needed to be an effective leader, and how this is portrayed differently in men and women. Women should not be undervalued leaders in business organizations, or in society. They are just as well suited to perform in top management positions and can increase a company’s chances of surviving uncertainty. Women’s comprehensive leadership style is highly adaptable and strongly correlates to the overall success of an organization.