Superior and Subordinate Gender and the Acceptance of Superiors as Role Models

Mansour Javidan, Brian Bemmels, Kay Stratton Devine, Ali Dastmalchian

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This study investigates the criteria for acceptance of an employee's superior as a role model, with special attention placed on the effect of superior/subordinate gender. The data for the study were collected from 1579 senior managers from three large Canadian public and quasi-public organizations. While significant gender differences were found, they were relatively unimportant determinants of role model acceptance. By far the most important determinant of subordinate acceptance of a superior as a role model is the subordinate's perception of the superior's performance.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1271-1284
Number of pages14
JournalHuman Relations
Issue number11
StatePublished - Nov 1995
Externally publishedYes


  • gender
  • leadership
  • mentor
  • role model

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • General Social Sciences
  • Strategy and Management
  • Management of Technology and Innovation


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