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Stereotypes are present in many organizations and in most cases are directed toward women They can affect the way women are perceived in the workplace and also inhibit their ultimate performance As you will read stereotypes effect many elements of professional behavior Some of which are leadership styles language behavioral expectations and double standards By analyzing these issues it is easier to understand how both women and men are swayed by stereotypesWith respect to all of the stereotypes pertaining to male and female behavior for the purposes of this argument three specific assumptions will be discussed Stereotypes as defined earlier can cause misunderstandings and can limit options The three specific stereotypes are 1 Women experience greater mood swings than men and are unfit to perform upper management responsibilities 2 Girls lack achievement motivation boys have this motivation and 3 Males are more aggressive than females As stated in Management and Gender issues and attitudes by Margaret Foegen Kartsen Mature adults are not slaves to their hormonal systems This refers directly to the first stereotype where women are not considered capable of upper management duties due to mood swings Macoby and Jacklin 1975 have concluded that there is greater variability in male cycle length and there are external signs of the female cycle Therefore male hormone mood cycle is more dangerous since a man cannot as readily take it into account and deal accordingly with his hostile feelings This argument shatters then shatters the first most common stereotype about female mood swings and brings to light the male biology with regard to mood swings which has not been a major issue previously This concept ties in with the second stereotype where girls lack motivation that boys possess What is omitted from this statement is that boys in order to reach the same level of achievement motivation as girls needed to be challenged Ego and sense of competition were played upon so that
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