Sex Differences in Personality Traits of Female and Male Master of Business Administration Students

Steinberg, Rhona; Shapiro, Stanley
June 1982
Journal of Applied Psychology;Jun82, Vol. 67 Issue 3, p306
Academic Journal
The validity of the assumption that females do not have the personality traits commonly assumed to be characteristic of senior managers was investigated. Three personality measures were used to test 71 female and male Master of Business Administration (MBA) students: Sixteen Personality Factor Questionnaire, California Personality Inventory, and Rathus Assertive Inventory. The results showed that female and male MBA students did not generally differ on most measures of personality. An observed difference was that the women scored higher on some of the scales that depicted "masculine" traits, whereas their male counterparts scored higher on some of the scales that depicted "feminine" traits. The data suggested that female MBA students do possess the personality traits that are commonly used to define a competent manager.


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