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Workgroup Gender Diversity and Charismatic Leadership: Asymmetric Effects Among Men and Women

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  • MARGARITA MAYO

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    (Instituto de Empresa)

  • JUAN CARLOS PASTOR

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    (Instituto de Empresa)

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    A laboratory study was conducted to examine how gender team diversity influences men and women´s charismatic relationships with an elected group leader. We examined individuals´ charismatic relationships with their leaders when working in groups varying in gender composition. Results supported the argument that gender diversity provides a context that facilitates the emergence of charismatic leadership. Furthermore, the effect of gender diversity on charismatic relationships is asymmetric, being more marked in the case of men than that of women. Our results question the similarity-attraction hypothesis and contribute to the incipient follower-centric approach to leadership.

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    Paper provided by Instituto de Empresa, Area of Economic Environment in its series Working Papers Economia with number wp05-28.

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    Length: 32 pages
    Date of creation: Oct 2005
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    Handle: RePEc:emp:wpaper:wp05-28

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    Keywords: Diversity; Leadership;

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    1. Lisa Hope Pelled, 1999. "Demographic Dissimilarity and Workplace Inclusion," Journal of Management Studies, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 36(7), pages 1013-1031, December.
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