James Stryker, PhD, assistant professor of management, will present his paper “Gender Differences in the Language of Leadership” at the 2013 Annual Convention of the Association for Psychological Science (APS). The convention will take place in Washington, D.C., from May 23 to 26.
This paper, which Stryker co-authored with Susan R. Stryker, MS, asks whether gender plays a role in the use of language at the executive leadership level. Previous research has found differences in the way women and men use language generally, but this is the first study to explore the issue among senior executives. From the abstract:
This exploratory research study begins by asking the question—are there gender differences in the use of language at the senior leadership level? This is an important question because, as [Y.R.] Tausczik and [J.W.] Pennebaker note, “The words we use in daily life reflect who we are and the social relationships we are in. This is neither a new nor surprising insight. Language is the most common and reliable way for people to translate their internal thoughts and emotions into a form that others can understand.”
APS was founded in 1988 to promote, protect, and advance the interests of scientifically oriented psychology in research, application, teaching, and the improvement of human welfare. The Strykers will present their findings at the APS’s 25th annual convention.