The purpose of this qualitative interpretative phenomenological study was to explore the lived experiences of how women in top leadership roles in for-profit, large enterprises in the United States interpret their experiences of regulating felt emotions and adapting their emotional expression to be an effective leader. The research questions that guided this phenomenological study: How do women in top leadership roles interpret the lived experiences of regulating felt emotions to be an effective leader? How do women in top leadership roles interpret the lived experiences of adapting expressed emotions to be an effective leader? Semi-structured interviews with open-ended questions were the primary source of data to gain insight into the lived experiences of participants. Role Congruity Theory, Emotional Regulation Theory, and Emotional Intelligence Theory provided the theoretical foundations for this study. Data analysis involved the six steps described by Smith, Flowers, and Larkin. The five themes that emerged from the findings were (a) moderate emotions, (b) effective leadership, (c) situational awareness, (d) different expectations, and (e) authenticity. The findings from the study suggested that participants in the study were aware that gender plays a significant role in how others perceive them and the standard for being an effective leader is one of a male. Furthermore, additional research is needed to explore how gender stereotypes affect a women’s desire for top leadership positions, how men perceive and respond to women executives in terms of emotionality, and how culture, race, ethnicity, and generational differences impact emotionality in the workplace.
Keywords: Women executives, gender-based stereotypes, emotionality
|Commitee:||DeMarie, Samuel, Paladino, Amando|
|School:||Grand Canyon University|
|Department:||College of Doctoral Studies|
|School Location:||United States -- Arizona|
|Source:||DAI-A 81/11(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Psychology, Organizational behavior|
|Keywords:||Emotionality, Gender-based stereotypes, Women executives|
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