LDRS Study Guide Part 2

LDRS Study Guide Part 2 - Wren Ch. 26 Ways Women Lead Judy...

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Wren Ch. 26 – Ways Women Lead – Judy B. Rosener 1 st round of women leaders tried to go by the “rules of conduct” that lead to the successes of men, but the 2 nd generation of managerial women have developed some different strategies to get to the top. Interactive Leadership women leadership style named because women leaders actively work to make their interactions with subordinates positive for everyone involved There are 4 main points to Interactive Leadership 1. Encourage Participation Asking questions such as “what would you do if you were in my situation?” Pros: increases support for decisions reached and reduces risk that ideas will be undermined by unexpected opposition Cons: possibility that employees will see steps as purely symbolic – ask for advise but don’t go by it, often requires giving up some control, exposes personal and turf conflicts Amount of participation allowed depends on situation 2. Share Power and Information Pros: Creates loyalty b/c coworkers and subordinates believe they are trusted, leads to more input and better results Cons: b/c information is a source of power, leaders who share it can be seen as naïve or needing to be liked 3. Enhance the Self-Worth of Others By-product of sharing power and encouraging participation Refrain from asserting own superiority 4. Energize Others Potentially be seen as cheerleading and can undermine credibility in certain job settings, but in the end, what matters is the numbers (you earn enough $ for co., they’ll buy you the skirt and pom poms) Wren Ch. 27 – Would Women Lead Differently? – Virginia Schein Difference between Male and Female Managers Glass Ceiling – the structural and attitudinal barrier that prevents women from getting in higher management o Research shows few differences, but mainly there are more differences within the sexes than there are between them. (sex is not as big a factor in creating managerial style as background or experience for example) o Biggest difference – far fewer women in positions of power and influence as opposed to men – lower and middle management have good mix, but not upper Work and Family Mix o Although the structure at home of one parent at work and one at home is all but gone, businesses are slow on the uptake in how to treat this new situation – women get “squeezed” out of the race to the top because of their mom responsibilities o Schien thinks that women would be better suited and more willing to address this
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