Team leadership

Network differences in women's and men's instrumental and expressive relations

Cynthia Webster*, Oscar Grusky, Deborah Podus, Alexander Young

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

Recent studies have emphasised differences in leadership styles between women and men. Women have an 'interactive' leadership style while men are more 'directive' and 'authoritative'. Social network analysis is used to examine differences in eight mental health case management teams, half formally supervised by women and half by men. The techniques used are graphical displays and measures of centrality. Results show male leaders as the most central team member for both instrumental and expressive relations. Female leaders, however, do not adhere to a single leadership style. Team centralisation also differs with gender composition of teams influencing leadership differences.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)169-190
Number of pages22
JournalAdministration and Policy in Mental Health
Volume26
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1999
Externally publishedYes

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