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ERIC Number: EJ923134
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 91
ISSN: ISSN-0951-354X
Gender and Leadership Styles in Single-Sex Academic Institutions
Taleb, Hanan M.
International Journal of Educational Management, v24 n4 p287-302 2010
Purpose: This paper aims to investigate the relationship between gender and female leadership styles in a single-sex academic institution in Saudi Arabia. Design/methodology/approach: Essentially, a qualitative research approach that utilised a single case-study methodology was adopted. As part of this research, seven in-depth semi-structured interviews were conducted with senior managers of the all-women's Saudi academic institution. Findings: Evidence suggests that the interviewed female leaders of Manar College are inclined to adopt stereotypical attributes of feminine qualities of leadership. They also tend to prefer a democratic, interpersonally-oriented and transformational style rather than autocratic, task-oriented or transactional style of leadership. In essence their leadership styles seem to agree--to a large extent--with the mainstream view on women's ways of leading. Research limitations/implications: Despite the depth and richness of collected data, this research--as with all case studies--suffers from a limited ability to generalise the findings due to small sample size. It could thus be of interest for future quantitative-based research to test the findings and propositions of this research on a representative set of single-sex academic institutions in order to determine whether their leaders are trapped in stereotyped visions of leadership. Originality/value: Various studies have examined the relationship between gender and leadership styles in educational establishments. In this regard, the paper argues the need and relevance of considering single-sex academic institutions, a perspective that has not yet received sufficient attention in the educational leadership literature. (Contains 3 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Saudi Arabia