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

Forthcoming, Administration & Society

42 Pages Posted: 11 Mar 2022

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Trine Fjendbo

Aarhus University

Christian Bøtcher Jacobsen

Aarhus University - Department of Political Science

Seung-Ho An

University of Arizona - School of Government and Public Policy

Date Written: January 12, 2022

Abstract

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.

Suggested Citation

Fjendbo, Trine and Jacobsen, Christian Bøtcher and An, Seung-Ho, The Importance of Similarity: How Gender Congruence Matters for Leadership Training (January 12, 2022). Forthcoming, Administration & Society, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=4007619

Trine Fjendbo (Contact Author)

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Christian Bøtcher Jacobsen

Aarhus University - Department of Political Science

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DK-8000 Aarhus, 8000
Denmark

Seung-Ho An

University of Arizona - School of Government and Public Policy

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Tucson, AZ 85721
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