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Title:Communications Style of Middle Level Female Executives in Some Nigerian Organizations
Author:Izevbaye, M.I.
Periodical:African Notes: Bulletin of the Institute of African Studies, University of Ibadan
Geographic term:Nigeria
women managers
Labor and Employment
Abstract:Nigeria is a male dominated society, where behaviour roles and social privileges are differentiated by gender, and where increasing numbers of educated women are entering executive positions. The present study investigates the communication and leadership style of Nigerian women in executive positions. Data derive from a questionnaire completed by 30 female managers in various government owned organizations in Ibadan, Benin and Kano. The Nigerian female executives of the study sample rated themselves positively high in terms of the qualities that define a very effective leader. 28 out of 30 did not see themselve as conventional. 25 out of 30 rated themselves as having self-confidence. They did not consider themselves aggressive. The majority were task rather than people oriented. This style of leadership is appropriate for success in a situation where all is not favourable, and the fact that it is the style adopted by most of the female managers in question supports the contingency theory postulated by F.A. Fielder (1967) and the expectation state theory postulated by Berger et al (1974, 1977). Bibliogr., sum.