Gender and Communication in the Workplace Narrated PowerPoint
Create an 8–12-slide narrated PowerPoint presentation on gender and communication in the workplace.
This assessment allows you to apply what you know about gender and communication to a professional environment.
By successfully completing this assessment, you will demonstrate your proficiency in the following course competencies and assessment criteria:
- Competency 1: Critically analyze issues related to gender and communication.
- Describe how male and female leadership styles differ in the workplace
- Competency 2: Evaluate personal and social dimensions of gender, communication, and culture.
- Explain what gender barriers exist in the workplace.
- Competency 4: Identify effective leadership strategies which promote effective communication between men and women.
- Describe how to promote effective leadership strategies for both men and women in the workplace.
- Describe how to promote effective communication between men and women in the workplace.
- Competency 5: Communicate effectively in a variety of formats.
- Develop a well-organized oral PowerPoint presentation.
- Communicate with a clear voice and use correct pronunciation.
The Assessment 5 Context document reviews differences between male and female leadership-style stereotypes that influence the workplace. You may wish to review the document for an overview of these key concepts and ideas.
Questions to ConsiderTo deepen your understanding, you are encouraged to consider the questions below and discuss them with a fellow learner, a work associate, an interested friend, or a member of the business community.
- How do male and female leadership styles differ in the workplace?
- What strategies can we use to minimize gender barriers in the workplace?
- How can we promote effective leadership strategies and effective communication between men and women in the workplace?
The following optional resources are provided to support you in completing the assessment or to provide a helpful context. For additional resources, refer to the Research Resources and Supplemental Resources in the left navigation menu of your courseroom.
Click the links provided to view the following resources:
Click the links provided below to view the following multimedia pieces:
- Gender and Communications | Transcript.
- This interactive will help you review the information you learned about men’s and women’s verbal and nonverbal communication. Pay particular attention to which characteristics fit with which sex.
- Key Terms | Transcript.
- This media piece focuses on the key concepts and definitions you must be familiar with as you go through the course.
The following e-books or articles from the Capella University Library are linked directly in this course:
- Cowan, K. M. (1982). Assertive-responsive communication style of men and women who work. (Doctoral dissertation). Retrieved from ProQuest Dissertations and Theses. (Order No. 8227477, Bowling Green State University).
- Barrett, M., & Davidson, M. J. (2006). Gender and communication at work. Aldershot, UK: Ashgate.
- Hession, J. (2009). Women in the modern workplace: Gender barriers to business start-ups. Newcastle upon Tyne, UK: Cambridge Scholars.
Course Library Guide
A Capella University library guide has been created specifically for your use in this course. You are encouraged to refer to the resources in the
COM-FP3200 – Leadership, Gender, and Communication Library Guide to help direct your research.
NBC Archives on Demand
- Click How Men and Women Relate at Work to view a video from NBC Learn.
- In this video, you will examine how male and female children relate and how this can affect adult workplace relations.
- Running time: 6:14.
Access the following resources by clicking the links provided. Please note that URLs change frequently. Permissions for the following links have been either granted or deemed appropriate for educational use at the time of course publication.
- Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media. (2014). Retrieved from http://seejane.org/
- McConnell, M. (2008) Media and gender stereotyping. Retrieved from http://serendip.brynmawr.edu/local/scisoc/sports03…
- Leigh, E. (2014). Men & women communicating in the workplace. The Center for Healthcare Communication. Retrieved from http://www.communicatingwithpatients.com/articles/…
- Levit, A. (2013) Workplace confidential: Real gender differences in communication [Web log post]. Retrieved from http://quickbase.intuit.com/blog/2013/03/27/workpl…
- Lieberman, S. (n.d.). Differences in male and female communication styles. Retrieved from http://www.simmalieberman.com/simma/differences-in…
The resources listed below are relevant to the topics and assessments in this course and are not required. Unless noted otherwise, these materials are available for purchase from the
Capella University Bookstore. When searching the bookstore, be sure to look for the Course ID with the specific
–FP (FlexPath) course designation.
- Fixmer-Oraiz, N., & Wood, J. T. (2019). Gendered lives: Communication, gender, and culture (13th ed.). Boston, MA: Cengage.
In this assessment, use Adobe Connect to record an 8–12-slide narrated PowerPoint presentation on gender and communications in the workplace. Include at least four working examples from your personal or professional experience to support your ideas. Focus on the following in your presentation:
- How do male and female leadership styles differ in the workplace?
- What gender barriers exist in the workplace?
- What strategies can be used to minimize these barriers?
- How can we promote effective leadership strategies and effective communication between men and women within the workplace?
Cite and refer to at least four resources to support your work. The majority should come from the Capella library. Be sure to use APA formatting for all citations.
Note: If you use Internet sources, they must be credible. For example, Wikipedia and YouTube are not credible resources.
Using Adobe Connect
- To use Adobe Connect in this assessment, you will need a microphone (built-in or external). If you are unfamiliar with Adobe Connect, you may find useful the Using Adobe Connect iGuide page, linked in the Resources under the Capella Resources heading.
- To refresh or enhance your PowerPoint skills, you will find a PowerPoint tutorial in the left navigation menu of your courseroom: Under Course Tools, click Supplemental Resources and then click the iGuide – Microsoft Tutorials under the Computer Skills heading.
- Written communication: Written communication should be free of errors that detract from the overall message.
- APA formatting: Resources and in-text citations should be formatted according to APA (6th edition) style and formatting.
- Number of resources: 4 or more.
- Length: 8–12 narrated slides.
ASSESSMENT 5 CONTEXT
Over the years, sexual discrimination within the workplace has become less prominent. However, gendered organizational communication is often a key factor in workplace interactions and the overall success or failure of communication. Specifically, many stereotypes exist regarding women and men, masculine and feminine norms, and gendered patterns of communication in organizations. The interworking of gendered relationships within the workplace and the factors that contribute to the success or failure of communication interactions help set the tone within corporations throughout our country. It is important to examine the meaning of personal workplace relationships and models of personal relationships and gain an understanding of how we (the sexes) can better coexist and work together. It is important to understand that, as Fixmer-Oraiz and Wood explain, “personal relationships are those in which partners depend upon each other for various things ranging from material assistance to affection”(2019, p. 173), and that “partners regard each other as unique individuals who cannot be replaced” (p. 173), and finally that “of the many relationships we form, only a few become really personal” (p. 173).
Male and Female Leadership-Style Stereotypes Within the Workplace
- Females are expected to play the role of a mother and be nurturing, supportive, and deferential.
- Females are expected to smile constantly, listen, and support others
- Female employees who are mothers are often considered less reliable and less committed to their work.
- Females are more critical of other women.
- Females lead democratically.
- Females use only positive reinforcement.
- Men are expected to be tough and not show affect.
- Men are expected to be aggressive and commit themselves more to work than to family.
- Men are expected to outearn women.
- Men often feel their identity is linked to their earning power.
- Men use less positive reinforcement.
- Men are very direct.
- Men like to work independently.
Fixmer-Oraiz, N., & Wood, J. T. (2019).
Gendered lives: Communication, gender, and culture (13th ed.). Boston, MA: Cengage.Wood, J. T., & Bodey, K. R. (2010).
Gendered lives: Communication, gender and culture [Instructor’s Resource Manual]. Beverly, MA: Wadsworth.