Den könlöse ledaren
: En kvalitativ studie om genus och ledarskap

  • Emelie Malmqvist
  • Lovisa Ekholm

    Student thesis: Bachelor

    Abstract

    This is a qualitative study aimed to examine how gender is expressed in leadership. The question which we have chosen to examine is how the male and female managers in social work looks at their leadership. We have investigated how male and female manager describes their leadership, their leadership skills and how they describe other people's qualityfications. We have chosen to define the words gender, sex, leadership, masculine and feminine. These words contain many interpretations. Results of the study are based on qualitative interviews with male and female managers in social work. We believe it is important to describe how gender expresses in leadership, as the male most often is seen as the norm for leadership, however, social work has since several decades been associated to females. Something we have found in this study is that the informant often describes that other leaders often posses typical male and female traits, but that they themselves don’t apply this description onto themselves.Keywords: Leadership, Gender, male, fThis is a qualitative study aimed to examine how gender is expressed in leadership. The question which we have chosen to examine is how the male and female managers in social work looks at their leadership. We have investigated how male and female manager describes their leadership, their leadership skills and how they describe other people's qualityfications. We have chosen to define the words gender, sex, leadership, masculine and feminine. These words contain many interpretations. Results of the study are based on qualitative interviews with male and female managers in social work. We believe it is important to describe how gender expresses in leadership, as the male most often is seen as the norm for leadership, however, social work has since several decades been associated to females. Something we have found in this study is that the informant often describes that other leaders often posses typical male and female traits, but that they themselves don’t apply this description onto themselves.

    Date of Award2010-Sep-15
    Original languageSwedish
    SupervisorDaniel Melén (Supervisor) & Sven-Erik Olsson (Examiner)

    University credits

    • 15 HE credits

    Swedish Standard Keywords

    • Social Work (50402)

    Keywords

    • leadership
    • gender
    • male
    • female

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