Women, Business and Leadership
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Women, Business and Leadership

Gender and Organisations

Edited by Alexander-Stamatios Antoniou, Cary Cooper and Caroline Gatrell

This timely and comprehensive book analyses the role of women in leadership from both managerial and socio-emotional perspectives. The authors review the issues that affect real women in business and evaluate what can be done to support and develop women managers. Chapters explore topics such as the stereotyping of leading women, gender equality and discrimination, the glass ceiling and barriers to promotion, the work/home conflict, the gender pay gap and job insecurity, female authority and career development.
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Chapter 21: Stereotype threat: impacts for women at work

Lindsey M. Lavaysse and Tahira M. Probst

Abstract

This chapter considers the role of stereotype threat experienced by women in the workplace. Stereotype threat is a unique psychological phenomenon that occurs when individuals fear confirming negative stereotypes about one or more of their social group identities. The authors outline a number of ways in which stereotype threat is already known to impact women and propose additional means by which this phenomenon may manifest at work along with new avenues for research on this topic. The chapter ends with potential points for intervention as well as recommendations for leaders or managers to practice in an organization that are more inclusive of their female workers.

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