Previous research studies have indicated that there are fewer women than men in leadership positions. The causes for this are less understood. This study adopted a different approach to reviewing the situation by focusing on the leader development aspect of motivation to lead (MTL) and whether or not it is impacted by environmental aspects of the organization in the forms of political perceptions, relationships with a current leader, and work–family conflicts. Each of these factors has been shown to have a relationship with gender. This research investigated whether or not gender affects their relationship with a composite form of MTL by examining gender as a moderator variable. Data from a sample of employed individuals in different industries, including government, partially support some hypothesized relationships between MTL, leader-member exchange, and political perceptions. Gender implications are discussed. Limitations and future research for MTL and leader development are addressed.
|Commitee:||Bocarnea, Mihai, Gomez, Doris|
|Department:||School of Business and Leadership|
|School Location:||United States -- Virginia|
|Source:||DAI-A 76/09(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Management, Organizational behavior|
|Keywords:||Gender, Leader-member exchange, Motivation to lead, Political perceptions, Work-family conflict|
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