Gender in Organizations
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Gender in Organizations

Are Men Allies or Adversaries to Women’s Career Advancement?

Edited by Ronald J. Burke and Debra A. Major

Diversifying the workforce is becoming increasingly important, with gender equality being a central feature of overall equality. Men seem to be part of the problem and a necessary part of the solution. This collection ties these themes together in the context of talent management and organizational effectiveness.
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Chapter 4: The imperative for servant-leadership: reflections on the (enduring) dysfunctions of corporate masculinity

Mark Maier


As the chapters in this volume underscore, despite significant strides towards gender equality in the workplace over the past 30ñ40 years, significant barriers remain. It is undeniable that women have made significant inroads in the public sphere of work. Where other contributions address the implications of the gendered nature of organizational culture (and family life) for womenís advancement, I will focus here on the ways in which the gendered biases of our work and family spheres not only pose formidable barriers to women, butñparadoxicallyñalso limit the life opportunities and leadership potential of men and seriously compromise both ethical decision-making in organizations and organizational performance. At the heart of this chapter is the question, ëWhy should men work to transform and subvert a system that ostensibly privileges them?í We shall examine some of the fundamental assumptions of human behavior in organizations and explore how conventional forms of organizing (hierarchy, bureaucracy) and managing (ëplanning, organizing, directing, controllingí) are not only masculine-gendered, but in fact undermine leadership and organizational effectiveness.

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