1887

n Gender and Behaviour - Leadership styles deployed by women project managers

USD

 

Abstract

The aim of this study was to investigate the leadership styles utilized by women project managers in a national electricity provider in South Africa. In-depth, semi-structured interviews were conducted with 15 female project managers, and thematic analysis was then used. Certain leadership styles and characteristics were identified as being critical for successful project management. The women project managers were found to exhibit qualities of transformational, democratic and people-oriented leadership styles. They did not believe that gender should be a determinant of their leadership style, but that working as a project manager required certain leadership skills and competencies to meet the project's objectives irrespective of gender. Some of the barriers identified were: gender stereotyping, lack of qualifications, fear of not succeeding, family responsibilities and lack of networking skills and time.

Loading

Article metrics loading...

/content/genbeh/11/2/EJC144837
2013-01-01
2016-12-05
This is a required field
Please enter a valid email address
Approval was a Success
Invalid data
An Error Occurred
Approval was partially successful, following selected items could not be processed due to error