ERIC Number: ED288174
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Who Wants a Woman Boss? Only Those Who Have One.
O'Leary, Virginia E.; Ickovics, Jeannette R.
While working women are still underrepresented in managerial, executive, and professional positions, there are increasing numbers of women occupying leadership roles. This study was conducted to examine female secretaries' evaluations of their bosses and of their jobs. Secretaries of 20 male and 20 female bosses evaluated their bosses on personality and behavioral dimensions and evaluated the extent to which certain qualities were present or absent in their jobs. T-tests computed on the secretaries' ratings of their satisfaction with their bosses and their jobs failed to reveal any significant differences between the secretaries of women and of men. The means for both measures, however, favored women bosses over men. Compared to secretaries of men, secretaries of women rated their tasks as significantly more worthwhile and reported that their bosses engaged in significantly more positive actions. The overall pattern of results suggests that women who work as secretaries for women bosses like both their bosses and their jobs. (NB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association (58th, Arlington, VA, April 9-12, 1987). Some pages contain light type.