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The Importance of Similarity: How Gender Congruence Matters for the Impact of Leadership Training

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Leadership training is key to promoting more active leadership, but the effects of leadership training can depend on the gender context. Gender congruence between manager and employee can affect how the manager employs leadership behaviors adapted from training and how employees perceive leadership behavior. Quantitative data on 474 managers’ 4,833 employees before and after a large-scale field experiment with leadership training enable us to examine changes in employee-perceived leadership following training. The results show that gender congruence between manager and employee is associated with stronger leadership training effects on employee-perceived leadership behaviors. Female gender congruence shows the most pronounced effects.

Original languageEnglish
JournalAdministration & Society
Pages (from-to)1542-1571
Number of pages30
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2022

    Research areas

  • gender congruence, leadership training, perceived leadership, transactional leadership, transformational leadership

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