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 22: Attitudes toward women managers and female authority: an empirical study among women managers in Greece

Nikos Drosos and Alexander-Stamatios Antoniou


The present study aims at investigating Greek female managers’ attitudes toward women managers and their correlation with various personal characteristics, such as age, family status, education level, work experience, and managerial experience. Furthermore several beliefs of female managers regarding gender’s influence on career development are examined. A total of 376 female managers who are employed in Greek private companies participated in the study. The “Attitudes Towards Women Managers – ATWoM” was used to assess attitudes toward women as managers and the “Gender and Authority Measure – GAM” was used to measure preference for male versus female authorities. The results of the study suggest that in general female managers do not prefer one gender over the other in respect of authority figures. Additionally, attitudes toward women managers as assessed by ATWoM were moderate to slightly positive. Demographic data were found to have an impact on participants’ attitudes toward women. Results are discussed in terms of their practical implications.

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