Sikdar, A. and Mitra, Sumit, An exploration of gender stereotypes in perception and practice of leadership, University of Wollongong in Dubai, Working Paper 79, 2008, 8p.
Gender-role stereotypes i.e. characteristics of jobs being defined in terms of gender are common in society. In this study we examine the role of socially constructed gender stereotypes in leadership and their influence on leadership behaviour of people. Based on literature the study has hypothesized society perceives leadership to have predominantly masculine characteristics, such that those who see themselves as having more masculine characteristics would be more willing to assume leadership roles. Further, gender identification of individuals would explain their leadership behaviour rather than their biological sex.