The influence of feminist self-definition on the democratic attitudes of managers

Ayala Malach Pines, Henriette Dahan-Kalev, Sigalit Ronen

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The only consistent gender difference in management style reported in the literature is the more democratic style of women. Democratic leadership is a cornerstone of the feminist approach. The current exploratory study attempted to differentiate between the effect of feminist self-definition and gender in explaining differences in democratic attitudes of managers. Israeli male (43) and female (28) managers were questioned about their managerial attitudes and whether they are feminist or non-feminist. Results suggest that a surprisingly high number of both male and female managers defined themselves as feminist. Furthermore, feminist self-definition was found to explain several democratic managerial attitudes better than gender.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)607-616
Number of pages10
JournalSocial Behavior and Personality
Issue number6
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2001


  • Feminist
  • Gender-Differences
  • Management
  • Self-Definition

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology


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