Following are current concepts regarding gender communication issues.
Gender exists on a continuum – there is no absolute.
Masculine 5 4 3 2 1 0 1 2 3 4 5 Feminine
Disclosure of Information – Processing How Much to Say
|Be productive||Explore and organize|
|Get results||Discover the point|
|Be efficient||Not looking for solution:
looking for listening and understanding
|Only the essential information|
What It Means to Listen
|What’s being asked of me?||Conversation as an end in itself|
|What can be done about this?|
|Taught to disregard||Taught to read and respond|
|High power||Low power|
|Male-oriented as standard||Must adopt male-oriented standard to be taken seriously|
Differences in Relations Toward “Other”
|Value their independence||More social in their interactions|
|Self-assertive||Create and foster bonds|
|Conversation as a means to establish and maintain dominance||Intimacy in conversation|
|Boundary awareness; where work relationship ends and individual identity begins||Communal problems and issues discussed|
|Enhance social connections and relationships|
|Interrupt more||Give directions as a question|
|Aware of dominance/control||Disadvantage to women:
perception as second class
|Oriented to lower status of women:
|Face to face|
|Confident||Talk about it|
|Capable||Turn to others for support|
|Shoulder to shoulder|
|To be authentic/transparent isn’t a good idea at work|
|Value status||Foster closer bonds|
|More controlling and authoritative||Interpersonal style|
ambitious for advancement
values and needs-based
collective is more important than individual needs
reward meeting goals
punish not meeting goals
Create common goals
Gain trust and confidence
Create common vision
Learning more about these concepts in gender communication issues can be very helpful.
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