Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor

Dr. John Wanzenried

Second Advisor

Dr. Marshall Prisbell

Third Advisor

Dr. Birdie Holder


Throughout the literatureon attributes and behaviors for effective female leadership, writers disagree as to which sex-role and sex-characteristics should be emphasized. If a woman behaves according to the stereotype, she is of little value to the organization. However, if the woman is "unfeminine," she is not accepted either. This is due to the in compatibility of a woman's task competence and sexuality (i .e., role conflict). The extent to which women who achieve success using stereotypical masculine behaviors, such as aggressiveness, are viewed more or less favorably than women who use stereotypical feminine behaviors, such as in tuitiveness and sensitivity , in order to succeed is unknown. (Schein, 1978, p. 260)


A Thesis Presented to the Department of Communication and the Faculty of the Graduate College University of Nebraska In Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree Master of Arts University of Nebraska at Omaha. Copyright 1986, Priscilla Carpenter