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Seita Almandeel

  • Qualifications: TBA
  • Role Title: PhD student
  • Address: Richmond Building Portland Street Portsmouth PO1 3DE
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  • Department: Organisation Studies and Human Resource Management
  • Faculty: Portsmouth Business School


Nationality: TBA - Director of studies: Professor Charlotte Rayner - Year of graduation: N/A

Female leadership style in different gender contexts: Afield study on commercial banks in Saudi Arabia

Thesis summary

Little attention has been given to the application of gender concepts to commercial banks, specifically In Saudi Arabia where a highly masculine society is, so females function permeated by gender stereotypes, and it is obvious that the number of male leadership in all management levels in Saudi banks far exceeds the number of female. Yet, the debate about females’ roles as bank senior executive managers has prompted a reassessment of the traditional Saudi stereotype of women as a leader. Although women are being given some managerial opportunities in some Saudi commercial banks, their roles are less rich than men this might due to discrimination.

This study attempts to investigate the impact of gender in the work context on leadership styles and behaviour and tries to answer the following questions:

  • What is the leadership style of female leaders when the context is all-female subordinates?
  • What is the leadership style of female leaders when the context is mixed gender subordinates?
  • What factors affect female leadership style and behaviour in different gender context in Saudi’s commercial banks?

Saudi Arabia has recently joined the World Trade Organization. So, the study has a potential for high important in Saudi’s banks, as it would highlight some remedies that could help in assuring the advancement of gender and leadership concepts in a marginally growing banking industry. This study would make contribution to the literature on women’s in top management specifically in bank industry. The reason is that Saudi’s women are increasingly entering managerial positions in local banks, so special attention has been given to the gender context in Saudi’s organizations. Further, in Saudi Arabia there is a little published research about studies related to gender and leadership issues. Therefore, this is the gap that the study intends to overcome it. The researcher attempt to fill the gaps and limitation of the prior studies is most important rational of this study. The current study’s contribution is identifying the relationship between factors affect leadership style and behaviour in two different gender context.