College Women’s Leadership Aspirations: The Influence of the First-year College Experience
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Most often, men are more likely to employ a task-oriented leadership style, whereas women tend to employ interpersonal-oriented leadership behaviors (Park). Generally speaking, a task-oriented leader is concerned with directing subordinates and assigning duties. This type of leader is considered an efficient user of the resources available and focuses on the bottom-line. An interpersonal-oriented leader offers higher levels of support and is concerned with establishing good relationships with colleagues (Park). As women observe men obtaining the vast majority of leadership positions in their careers, women might come to believe that the task-oriented leadership style that most of these men possess is more effective than the typically feminine interpersonal-oriented leadership style. Such realizations are likely to decrease women’s aspirations to be leaders.
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