This project examines how men and women are perceived in the workplace; particularly how interpersonal perceptions of “being bossy” can affect workplace outcomes. This project uses original empirical research to explore how gendered socio-cultural biases may hinder the development of women leaders, as well as what can be done to facilitate and accelerate women’s leadership development.


  • Increasing the understanding of gender biases in the workplace.
  • Understanding of the effect of interpersonal perceptions in the workplace.
  • Creating new insights, methods, and strategies for 1) developing women leaders; 2) helping leaders develop interpersonal savvy at work.
  • Tools, Reports, and Publications

Emerging Findings:

  • Our research shows that women are twice as likely as men to receive feedback in the workplace that they are bossy; however, when it comes to actual bossy behaviors in the workplace, women are not any bossier than men.
  • Our research shows that bossy behaviors are related to being seen as less promotable for both men and women—however, these behaviors are weighed more heavily when considering women’s promotability.

Connect With Our Team:

Please contact Cathleen Clerkin to learn more about this research.