The Catch-22 Facing Female Leaders Today

A new body of research has found that people prefer their leaders to show stereotypically masculine traits as opposed to stereotypically feminine ones, highlighting the unconscious gender bias that still exists in the workplace today.

The research, conducted by New York University professors Andrea Vial and Jaime Napier and published by the Frontiers in Psychology journal in October 2018, found that feminine, “communal” traits such as intuition and empathy were valued less in leaders than more masculine, “agentic” traits such as competence and assertiveness.

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