Journal article

Identities under scrutiny: How women leaders navigate feeling misidentified at work

Alyson Meister, Amanda Sinclair, Karen A Jehn

LEADERSHIP QUARTERLY | ELSEVIER SCIENCE INC | Published : 2017

Abstract

The identities of women leaders can fall under intense scrutiny; they are often confronted with other's perceptions of them—perceptions that may not be wholly accurate. Through in-depth qualitative interviews of senior women leaders working in male-dominated industries, we explore how they experience and respond to feeling misidentified (internal identity asymmetry; Meister, Jehn, & Thatcher, 2014) throughout their careers. Employing grounded theory methods, we uncover how women are likely to experience asymmetry, and discover it becomes most salient during personal and professional identity transitions. We build theory with respect to how women leaders navigate feeling misidentified, and fi..

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