- Subject index
'Most books on Organizational Behaviour are still gender-free zones. This book however treats gender as it needs to be treated, as a fundamental organizing principle of organization’. Professor Paul Iles, of Liverpool Business School, Liverpool John Moores University: Challenging mainstream accounts of organizational behaviour and management, which treat gender as an optional extra, this book demonstrates how it can be an essential organizing principle. Each chapter covers one or more of the principal mainstream topics before deconstructing and critiquing these and suggesting other ways of understanding these issues.
Chapter 6: Leadership
Leadership is an attribute that is highly prized in most organizations and this has resulted in the topic becoming one of the most extensively researched and debated in organizational behaviour (Bass and Avolio, 1997). Yet studies rarely analyse sex or sex roles. We read as if leaders have no sex. However, on close reading of these texts it is quite apparent that when we read about leadership theory we are identifying with forms and realizations of ‘idealized masculinity’ (Oseen, 1997: 170). Very little research has examined the relationship between masculinity and femininity and leadership. The chapter begins by presenting the organization and managerial contexts within which the interest in gender and leadership theorizing has developed. We then provide an overview of trait, ...