ERIC Number: ED199794
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Apr
Managerial Styles in Academe: Do Men and Women Differ?
A pilot study was conducted on the communication styles of male and female administrators at a university campus. Interviews were conducted with four male and four female administrators about their background, motivations and career goals, support, problems, and leadership styles. Because of the exploratory nature of the investigation, the one-hour interviews tended toward open-ended question answering. In contrast to similar studies, little difference between male and female administrators was found. The results suggested that the university climate may in fact encourage more androgynous managers. The men and women interviewed showed remarkably more similarities than differences. Although the women noted slightly more concern for others, they also were concerned with and skillful at the more traditionally male organizational behaviors. The responses of the men demonstrated recognition and development of skills in relating and communicating with others. Both groups stressed the importance of both a task and a people orientation for effective administration. (RL)
Descriptors: Administrator Attitudes, Behavioral Science Research, College Administration, Communication Research, Communication Skills, Department Heads, Females, Higher Education, Interpersonal Competence, Interpersonal Relationship, Leadership Styles, Males, Self Evaluation (Individuals), Sex Differences, Sex Role
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Southern Speech Communication Association (Austin, TX, April 7-10, 1981).