Write a 3–4-page report that examines the current research on male and female communication styles.
This exercise allows you to consider the ways gender differences in communication impacts day-to-day interactions in personal and professional environments.
By successfully completing this assessment, you will demonstrate your proficiency in the following course competencies and assessment criteria:
In a 3–4-page report, explain current research on male and female communication styles. Specifically, differentiate between male and female communication styles and leadership behaviors. Respond to the following:
Reference at least four resources, If you use Internet sources, they must be credible. For example, Wikipedia and YouTube are not credible resources.
The following document explores the subject of male and female communication styles in greater depth. You may wish to review the document for key concepts and ideas related to the following topics:
George Bernard Shaw once said, “The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place.” Many believe this is never truer than when communicating with someone of the opposite sex. Our ideas about gender differences in communication styles are frequently shaped by circumstance. They are constantly evolving. While it is good to be aware of gender communication differences, you must go beyond assumptions and decide how to respond and interact based on actual behavior.
Much of the research on gender differences, as they relate to leadership roles, is fairly new. This research was initially driven by the low number of females holding significant leadership roles in corporations, politics, and government. While women have made great strides in recent years, they are still underrepresented at the higher levels of these organizations (Richmond & McCroskey, 2000). Research has found significant differences in the ways men and women communicate, as well as how they lead others (Muir, 2007). Often, these differences account for many misunderstandings and communication breakdowns. In the bulleted lists below, you will find examples of gendered communication differences (Note: Researchers often group male and female communication styles into speech communities.):
Specific differences in how men and women lead others are also present in the workplace. These differences can often be categorized in four ways: thinking, processing, leading, and speaking (McManus, 1999).
Women are often more relationship oriented, while men are more task oriented. For example, women enjoy connecting to others when working, while men are more connected to the task at hand.
Women often take the “majority rules” approach, while men only consult those closest to them.
Now that we understand the differences between male and female communication styles, it is important to understand how we can bridge the gap between these gender roles in the hope of facilitating effective communication. Below are four strategies we can use to encourage better communications, regardless of gender:
The purpose of examining gender and communications is not to decide which communicative style is superior. Nor is it to motivate people to change their style. Rather, the purpose of this examination is to identify differences with a goal of understanding how best to communicate. Those around us shape our environment, so we must learn to overcome our differences if we want to work together effectively.
We should also recognize that some men and women have almost none of the traits attributed to their respective gender. So it is important to recognize that people are unique and do not fit into a mold. To ensure effective and functional communication takes place, we must learn to understand and respect one another regardless of gender. Our goal should always be to focus on the individual with whom we are working and not the categories that might define him or her.
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