ERIC Number: ED370141
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Nov
The Influence of Language Style and Gender on Perceptions of Leadership Potential: A Review of Relevant Literature.
Rolls, Judith A.
The influence of language style and gender on perspectives of leadership potential is a function of the interrelationships among gender, language style, and desirable or relevant characteristics of the type of leader sought. The notion that choice, perceptions, and evaluations of language style are goal-related has been acknowledged in the literature reviewed. Specifically, researchers have argued that perceptions of an individual based on his or her language style influence that individual's acceptability for attaining certain goals. Scholars agree that deferential and nondeferential language produce different listener perceptions. Moreover, gender and/or context/goals simultaneously affect perceptions and thus, subsequent behavior. Fewer women assuming leadership roles indicates the presence of gender bias and gender stereotyping. While a literature review of relevant research indicates that the influence of language style and gender on leadership potential interrelates with the type of leader sought, further empirical research is needed on the degree to which these factors are interrelated. (Contains 117 references.) (RS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Information Analyses; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
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