Leader Lab: The Gender Stall Effect

January 31, 2011

My most recent post at The Leader Lab describes the results of fascinating new research on the integration and effect of women in management from 1975 to 2005. The study was extremely well done, but I have to confess very difficult to interpret. I had to read the dang thing several times to figure out how to explain the results in my blog post. That sucks, especially since it is such an important topic and the findings are extremely relevant.

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  1. Beth says:

    Hi Bret,

    Thanks for this important post. There’s quite a bit of fascinating research on the subject of gender inequity in organizational management, but to me no one articulates the situation better than Pat Heim in her books Hardball for Women (about successful women executives in male-dominated companies) and In the Company of Women (about the perils facing women who are promoted in female-dominated companies).

    Pat deals with the innate cultural and communication differences between genders, aspects which I don’t think get enough airplay in the usual discussions on this topic. I’ve been applying her concepts for at least ten years, and she is right on.

    Just thought I’d give a mention in case you or your blog readers don’t know her stuff.

    Bret L. Simmons Reply:

    Hi Beth. I have not read Helm’s books, so I appreciate you pointing them out. Thanks! Bret

  2. Julio says:

    Hi Bret, revealing findings. In truth, in the last decades women have had a strong presence in organization management. This was in terms of equalling the labor opportunities, which I share that. The competivity should be measured without focus on gender. By the way, I have a question: do you think that are we in a world: male chauvinist feminist? Thanks.

    Bret L. Simmons Reply:

    Things are getting better for sure, Julio, but still a long way to go. Please forgive me, but I am not going to answer your question 🙂 Bret