Are Women More Humble Leaders Than Men? The Development of Female Leadership

Hrefna Thórarinsdóttir

Student thesis: Master thesis


This thesis focuses on female leaders and how their role in the business environment has developed in recent years. The specific objective is to explore whether or not, considering the historic and current socio-­political landscape, women are more humble leaders than men. Humility as a quality of leaders has gained a lot of momentum over the last decades, as studies have shown that it is one of the main qualities required of a successful leader. This is often evident within certain decision-making and negotiation contexts where a measure of humility on behalf of the leader is considered vital. A theoretical background is reviewed within this paper and a quantitative design is employed. Data gathering is done in the form of a questionnaire that was constructed and filled out by participants. Data was processed and analyzed using the tools of Microsoft Excel and SPSS where average scores of female and male leaders was calculated along with a two-­tailed t‑test. The results and principal conclusion of the research show no statistical significance in humility between female and male leaders.

EducationsMSc in International Business and Politics, (Graduate Programme) Final Thesis
Publication date2017
Number of pages80
SupervisorsCristiana Parisi