Vanessa West

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Honors Thesis


Women in leadership positions in the workplace is on the rise, so, understanding how women are perceived as leaders is critical to the success of both employers and employees of organizations. The research helped assess various aspects of the perceived effectiveness of women as leaders in the workplace. A field survey was distributed to a variety of organizations where anonymous, voluntary participants offered their opinions on women as leaders in the workplace. The survey questions were designed with an interdisciplinary approach in order to obtain a holistic view of respondents’ perceptions. The findings indicate that men are not as hard as women are on women leaders, and women are much tougher on women leaders than they are on male leaders. Given the results of the survey, women are considered to be overall effective leaders at work.

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