Gender and the Effectiveness of Leadership Training: Results from a Field Experiment

Review of Public Personnel Administration, 2020

40 Pages Posted: 20 Jun 2020

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Seung-Ho An

University of Arizona - School of Government and Public Policy

Kenneth J. Meier

American University; Cardiff University; Leiden University - Institute of Public Administration

Date Written: 2020

Abstract

This study examines gender differences in leadership behaviors and whether leadership training would have different effects on leadership behaviors by gender. Using data from several hundred managers of welfare and financial agencies in Denmark, we first investigate whether leadership behaviors differ between female and male leaders. After that, we conducted a year-long field experiment with managers to examine how female and male leaders respond to leadership training interventions. In general, female managers improve more from leadership training even though leadership scores for female leaders were higher before training.

Suggested Citation

An, Seung-Ho and Meier, Kenneth J., Gender and the Effectiveness of Leadership Training: Results from a Field Experiment (2020). Review of Public Personnel Administration, 2020, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3611524 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3611524

Seung-Ho An (Contact Author)

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