How Gender Stereotypes of Emotion Harm Women Leaders

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Abstract

The belief that women are more emotional than men is one of the strongest gender stereotypes held in Western cultures (Shields, 2002). In this chapter, I propose that gender stereotypes about emotionality directly lead to biases against women leaders which hamper their ability to obtain leadership roles and once they are in those roles, to be evaluated fairly. Although emotion expression in the workplace is a complex minefield for female leaders to navigate, I provide guidance for organizational policy making to reduce the biasing influence of gender emotion stereotypes on hiring and promotion of women leaders.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Organizational BehaviorYale School of ManagementNew HavenUSA

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