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Through the Labyrinth: The Truth About How Women Become Leaders by Linda L. Carli, Alice H. Eagly

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CHAPTER THREE

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Are Men Natural Leaders?

ARE MEN NATURAL LEADERS , shaped by evolution to attain power and status? If that were so, the scarcity of women leaders would reflect fundamental sex differences in personality and motivation, and consequently women would never attain equal access to leadership roles. Our labyrinth metaphor would be superfluous.

In this chapter we reject the idea that men, but not women, have a naturally dominant and competitive psychology that facilitates leadership. We present, and then critique, the argument that men are natural leaders. We also summarize the known sex differences and similarities in dominant traits such ...

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