Gender and Leadership. By: Powell, Gary N. 2020. Sage.

Description
Why do leader stereotypes emphasize masculinity? Why are there so few women in top
management positions? And why do (some) men in top management feel free to sexually
harass women? A leading international scholar in this field, Gary N. Powell explores cutting-
edge topics including the role of masculinity in leadership, the ever-so-small numbers of
female CEOs, and sexual harassment by men in power such as Harvey Weinstein and the
resulting #MeToo movement. The book also suggests practical steps to achieving a
workplace in which all employees can reach their leadership potential, regardless of their
gender. Gender and Leadership is an important read for students and faculty members across
the social sciences and humanities.

Contents
1. Why are we talking about the linkage between gender and leadership?
2. Why do leader stereotypes emphasize masculinity?
3. Why are there so few women in top management positions?
4. Is there a female advantage or disadvantage in the managerial ranks?
5. Why do (some) men in top management feel free to sexually harass women?
6. What actions would work toward undoing the linkage between gender and leadership?

Reviews
Alison M. Konrad
Ivey Business School at Western University, Canada

“Gary Powell’s new book explores gender and leadership by asking all of the tough questions
and providing answers based on state-of-the-art theory and evidence.  Readers can enjoy his
thorough and insightful analyses of key questions ranging from, “Why do leader stereotypes
emphasize masculinity?” to “Is there a female advantage or disadvantage in leadership?” to
“How can we undo the linkage between leadership and gender?” There is even a chapter
devoted to the question, “Why do (some) men in top management feel free to sexually harass
women?”  For anyone interested in understanding the sources of women’s under-
representation in leadership positions, this book is an essential and comprehensive guide.”

Susan Vinnicombe
Cranfield School of Management, UK

“This is a must-read book for anyone interested in gender and leadership. Gary is an
outstanding scholar who has worked in the field for almost fifty years, so he has a fascinating
historical perspective on the topic. He is a wonderful communicator in terms of both
connecting with academics and practitioners and his examples are drawn from across the
world, thus providing a unique, inclusive picture of the state of the field.”

Caroline Gatrell
University of Liverpool Management School, UK

“Gender and Leadership is a beautifully written, meticulously researched book. Presented in
an engaging, accessible style, this excellent text provides essential, evidence-based
perspectives on gender and leadership, combining personal reflections with a comprehensive
exploration of the field. Gary Powell takes the reader on a fascinating journey covering
stereotyping; glass ceilings; inequalities, and sexual harassment. His powerful, exceptionally
well-crafted narrative culminates with a persuasive argument for how we might achieve the
goal whereby leaders reach their full potential, regardless of gender. This book is a joy to
read: a must for students and practitioners alike. I can highly recommend it.”