Title page for ETD etd-04232003-103507

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Robson, Victoria E.
URN etd-04232003-103507
Title Leadership Emergence: Do Males Always Dominate?
Degree Master of Science
Department Psychology
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Foti, Roseanne J. Committee Chair
Donovan, John J. Committee Member
Hauenstein, Neil M. A. Committee Member
  • Leadership Emergence
  • Personality
  • Gender
Date of Defense 2003-04-04
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The purpose of the present study was to investigate leadership emergence in mixed sex groups. Prior research has demonstrated that females have difficulty emerging as leaders in mixed sex groups. Thirty mix sex groups (two males, one female, and one female confederate) were asked to participate in a small group activity and then completed a series of scales to assess leadership emergence and inferred leadership traits. It was found that a female confederate exhibiting behaviors consistent with females high in intelligence, dominance, and self-efficacy emerged as the leader more frequently than males low in either one or two of those same three traits. In addition, the female confederate was seen as possessing more leadership traits than males low in either one or two of those traits. Implications for these results are discussed.
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