Study: Women leaders perceived as effective as male counterparts

Margaret Thatcher, not regarded as a wimp by anyone

WASHINGTON — When it comes to being perceived as effective leaders, women are rated as highly as men, and sometimes higher – a finding that speaks to society’s changing gender roles and the need for a different management style in today’s globalized workplace, according to a meta-analysis published by the American Psychological Association.

“When all leadership contexts are considered, men and women do not differ in perceived leadership effectiveness,” said lead researcher Samantha C. Paustian-Underdahl, PhD, of Florida International University. “As more women have entered into and succeeded in leadership positions, it is likely that people’s stereotypes associating leadership with masculinity have been dissolving slowly over time.”