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Leadership and associated power issues lie at the core of group life in a variety of contexts. Even the most informal of groups typically have some form of leadership in their organization, and the understanding of leadership and power from a psychological standpoint can inform a greater understanding of group dynamics both inside and outside of the workplace. Leadership and Power is a synthesis of contributions from eminent social psychologists and organizational scientists that addresses these issues from a fresh perspective. In recent years, these themes have been re-examined through the lens of social categorization approaches that highlight people's social identity and social roles as group members, as well as the processes that influence perceptions of and expectations about people and groups. The book is wide-ranging; chapters cover such diverse issues as: interpersonal versus group-oriented styles of leadership; leadership of totalist groups; political leadership; and gender and leadership. It represents a state-of-the-art overview of this burgeoning field that will be important to a host of disciplines. Elements of cross-referencing to highlight thematic links as well as effective chapter conclusions will make the text appealing to advanced students taking courses in social and organizational psychology, management and organization studies, not just scholars interested in these themes.
Chapter 7: Few Women at the Top: How Role Incongruity Produces Prejudice and the Glass Ceiling
Few Women at the Top: How Role Incongruity Produces Prejudice and the Glass Ceiling
When Frank Rich wrote his reflections about the consequences of the terrorist attack of September 11 in an essay titled ‘The Father Figure’ that appeared in the New York Times Magazine, he described the people of America as searching for a father: ‘When a nation is under siege, it wants someone to tell us what to do, to protect us from bullies, to tell us that everything's OK, and that it's safe to go home now’ (Rich, 2001, p. 23). In Rich's analysis, the source of this protection and comfort is a father, not a mother or ...