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The Influence of Leadership Styles on the Women’s Glass Ceiling Beliefs

Fatemeh Mohammadkhani and Dariush Gholamzadeh
Department of Management, Central Tehran Branch Azad University of Management, Tehran, Iran

Abstract—The purpose of this study is determining the effect of the leadership styles on the women’s glass ceiling beliefs. The study was intended to provide guidelines to Iran organizations on how to facilitate the growth of women in senior management. This study comprises a literature review, which outlines the various theories related to the leadership styles, glass ceiling and glass ceiling beliefs. Data from a cross-sectional study of 218 women working in Iran the Ministry of Health and Medical Education were analyzed. The participants completed the questionnaires and measures of subjective career success and too leadership styles. The Career Pathways Survey (CPS) assesses four sets of beliefs about glass ceilings: denial, resilience, acceptance and resignation. The leadership styles assess three sets of style: of transformational, transactional, and laissez-faire. Findings-this experimental study examined whether the transformational, transactional, and laissez-faire leadership styles had different effect on the denial, resilience, acceptance and resignation for women's access to leadership positions in organizations.

Index Terms—leadership styles, Glass ceiling beliefs, Glass ceilings, Women’s career advancement

Cite: Fatemeh Mohammadkhani and Dariush Gholamzadeh, "The Influence of Leadership Styles on the Women’s Glass Ceiling Beliefs," Journal of Advanced Management Science, Vol. 4, No. 4, pp. 276-282, July 2016. doi: 10.12720/joams.4.4.276-282
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