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Statesmen or cheerleaders? Using topic modeling to examine gendered messages in narrative developmental feedback for leaders

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posted on 18.09.2019, 12:23 by Elena Doldor, Madeleine Wyatt, Joanne Silvester
This inductive study extends scholarship on gender, feedback and leadership by drawing on a large naturalistic data set of 1057 narrative developmental feedback comments to 146 political leaders in the UK. We used automated topic modeling, a novel methodology, to identify 12 underlying topics within developmental feedback, and complemented this with an in-depth qualitative analyses of feedback content for male and female political leaders across the topics. This resulted in four aggregate theoretical dimensions: 1) strategic focus 2) political influence 3) confidence and 4) agency and communion. Our findings chart novel dimensions of gender bias that go beyond the widely theorized tension posed by agency [male] and communion [female]. These new dimensions are pertinent to developmental, rather than performance feedback processes, and provide male and female leaders with different developmental roadmaps. We outline the value of our novel methodology to leadership scholarship and discuss implications for future research and practice.

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School

  • Business and Economics

Department

  • Business

Published in

The Leadership Quarterly

Volume

30

Issue

5

Publisher

Elsevier

Version

AM (Accepted Manuscript)

Rights holder

© Elsevier

Publisher statement

This paper was accepted for publication in the journal The Leadership Quarterly and the definitive published version is available at https://doi.org/10.1016/j.leaqua.2019.101308.

Acceptance date

02/08/2019

Publication date

2019-08-27

Copyright date

2019

ISSN

1048-9843

Language

en

Depositor

Prof Jo Silvester

Article number

101308

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