The purpose of this report is to provide an analysis of the issues that face women in today’s leadership landscape, particularly the issue of gender bias. Female leadership has been shown to provide benefits to companies when a certain percentage, or critical mass, of representation is reached. Unfortunately, progress towards gender equality has stalled globally. A significant issue facing women in today’s leadership landscape is gender bias. Unconscious bias training has attempted to address this issue, yet no positive correlation to these training efforts and actual alleviation of gender bias has been documented. As a result, women must continue to navigate their leadership journeys with much attention to the task of perception management. The study will utilize qualitative analysis to identify which groups of people a female leader must execute perception management with, and at what level. A discussion of the future outlook of women in leadership and the gender bias landscape follows.

Project Type


College or School

College of Professional Studies Granite Division

Program or Major



Spring 2020

MSLD_Leighton_Mary_Capstone_Paper.pdf (3010 kB)
Capstone Paper