Gendered leadership stereotypes are possibly one of women’s largest barriers to attaining leadership positions in sport organizations. While much research is available to address the decline of women in leadership positions in intercollegiate athletics, situational cues have largely been ignored. Two samples were collected using student-athletes and non student- athletes to test the hypotheses constructed from previous research on situational cues and gendered leadership stereotypes. Overall, the previous evidence supports the notion gender stereotypes overcome situational cues for women depicted in various scenarios while men are endorsed as leaders the majority of the time regardless of situational cues. The current analysis of situational cues’ and gender stereotypes’ impact on coaching endorsement demonstrates situational cues are salient for men and mixed results for women. A pro-gender bias was present in the male sample but not the females, and the results suggested individuals’ sexist views impact coaching endorsement.
Aicher, Thomas J. and Samariniotis, Heather N.
"A Comparison of Athletes’ Use of Situational Cues and Gender Stereotypes on Coaching Endorsement,"
Journal of Issues in Intercollegiate Athletics: Vol. 5, Article 10.
Available at: https://scholarcommons.sc.edu/jiia/vol5/iss1/10