Braun, S. and Peus, C. and Frey, D. (2018) 'Connectionism in action : exploring the links between leader prototypes, leader gender, and perceptions of authentic leadership.', Organizational behavior and human decision processes., 149 . pp. 129-144.
Building on the connectionist model of leadership perceptions, this research investigates the relationships between leader gender and authentic leadership perceptions from a leadership prototype perspective. In a five-study series, we tested different cognitive processing dynamics that influenced leadership perceptions. Study 1 (N = 271) demonstrated that female leader targets increased authentic leadership perceptions. Study 2 (N = 171) showed this association for each of the four dimensions of authentic leadership. Study 3 (N = 100) assessed the relationship between leader gender and authentic leadership perceptions with implicit measures (i.e., the accessibility of female names and female typed hobbies). Study 4 (N = 246) extended this processing dynamic to consideration, another communal leadership style. Finally, a lexical decision making task in Study 5 (N = 200) indicated that prototype inconsistent leadership styles (initiating structure, autocratic leadership) slowed down automated processing for female leader targets. We discuss contributions to information processing approaches to leadership and practical implications.
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|Publisher Web site:||https://doi.org/10.1016/j.obhdp.2018.10.003|
|Publisher statement:||© 2018 This manuscript version is made available under the CC-BY-NC-ND 4.0 license http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/|
|Date accepted:||21 October 2018|
|Date deposited:||02 November 2018|
|Date of first online publication:||25 October 2018|
|Date first made open access:||25 October 2020|
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