Surviving in a man's world with a sense of humour: an analysis of women leaders' use of humour at work
Schnurr, Stephanie. (2008) Surviving in a man's world with a sense of humour: an analysis of women leaders' use of humour at work. Leadership, Vol.4 (No.3). pp. 299-319. ISSN 1742-7150Full text not available from this repository.
Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1742715008092363
Communication not only constitutes one of the crucial aspects of leadership performance, but leadership can productively be viewed as a communication process. Humour is one of the prime means which enables leaders to achieve their various transactional as well as relational objectives. This article aims at exploring some of the ways in which women leaders make use of this particularly versatile discursive strategy in order to enhance their leadership performance while also resolving the challenges of being the `odd girls out' in a predominantly masculine work environment. Drawing on authentic discourse data collected in two New Zealand organizations, and pursuing a discourse-analytical approach, this article illustrates that women leaders skilfully employ humour to portray themselves as effective leaders while at the same time negotiating and performing their gender identities in a masculine domain. Findings also indicate the advantages of a discourse-analytical approach for an assessment of the complexities of the leadership process.
|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Subjects:||H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
|Divisions:||Faculty of Social Sciences > Centre for Applied Linguistics|
|Journal or Publication Title:||Leadership|
|Publisher:||Sage Publications Ltd.|
|Number of Pages:||21|
|Page Range:||pp. 299-319|
|Access rights to Published version:||Restricted or Subscription Access|
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