references. These results were consistent with open-ended responses. The top reason why male participants were most satisfied/agreed with gender-consistent feedback was that it fit with their prescribed social-role. Similarly, the top reason why male participants were most dissatisfied/disagreed with gender-inconsistent feedback was that it differed from with their prescribed social-role. Participants preferring gender-inconsistent feedback will receive lower ratings regarding leadership quality from their peers. Participants preferring gender-consistent feedback will receive higher ratings regarding leadership quality from their peers.
If the results show that individuals prefer feedback that is in line with gender stereotypes, then it can be concluded that social roles serve an adaptive function in the workplace. By adopting social norms and standards, the individual makes social interactions easier. People are reassured in their respective roles through reinforcement and encouragement of what society has taught them they should be, and thereby derive a sense of stability, security and identity.
If the results instead show that individuals defy social conventions by responding to non-stereotypical feedback, then further studies will be needed to investigate the source of the deviation from socially acceptable gender roles. Research shows that people tend to want to socially adapt to a given environment by fitting in with social norms.
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