As I’m reading River bend City, I can only be reminded of the old world thinking and the double standard of gender roles in leadership. A tough personality would be not as condemned by a male in that position.
However, the “nurturing” nature of a woman is not present, as it seems to be a person who is accustomed to military sternness and “gets it done” mentality.
This is creating resentment in the work environment that would not have been there otherwise. Gender bias in the workplace, as well as gender stereotyping, is one of the factors of concern that is been seen frequently in the organisation. It has been seen that many female employees do not get that much opportunity to handle a leadership job.
Based on the discussion of the employees and the director of the River bend City, VA Hospital the director feels like her employees and team members are not that supportive concerning that they should provide with the support.
She has an inner feeling that being a woman she has to face discrimination from the employee and if she had been a man then she would have not been discriminated against. However, most of the employee thinks that she is a nice person to work with and the problems she is facing concerning that she is doing pretty well.
However, half of the team members think that she is not the leader to work with. Young, Hassan, and Hatmaker (2019) have discussed that gender stereotyping is the cause that has created such a difference, and the acceptability of women, as a leader, is still a matter of concern for few peoples.
However, there are penalties, which have been imposed concerning the gender stereotyping in the Price Water house vs Ann Hopkins where Hopkins is told she would not be made partner as she was too masculine and further suggested her that she must go to charm school, wear jewelry and makeup and be less aggressive.
However, in the end court has ruled that Price Water house was discriminating based on the gender stereotypes (Harris, 2019).
Therefore, it can be seen that gender stereotyping is still relevant. A great leader empowers each employee; take some time to allow them to voice their opinions, giving them equal opportunities and assignments.
VA Director’s strengths are decisive, confident, multitask, technical knowledge, and love her job. I find her weaknesses are lack of communication with her staff, absences, and no team chemistry.
She knows something is wrong when she commented that her employees are not quite supportive of her and her reaction is to hide her head in the sand and wait until it goes away.
Unfortunately, problems rarely go away when it hasn’t been resolved. VA Director should seek knowledge of her staff and acknowledge their value. I believe how the community, social, political, and economic factors can affect leadership styles by decision making in general. In particular, assessing the impact of political, economic, and policy barriers shape both genders choices and opportunities.