The Impact of Gender on Communication Styles

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Chloe Xu
Director, Australia
Research shows that communication styles are relatively different for men and women. This is because using language is a learned social behaviour: How we talk and listen are influenced by our experience. We learn ways of speaking as childrengrowing up, especially frompeers. Although both girls and boys findways of creating rapport and negotiating status, girls focus on the rapport-dimension of relationships, whereas boysfocus onthe status-dimension. The lessons learned in childhood carry over into the workplace. Research found that male and female workers exhibit different conversational patterns ina range ofareas including getting credit, confidence and boasting, asking questions, apologies, feedback, compliments, ritual opposition, managing up and down, andindirectness. Getting Credit. Whatever the motivation, women are less likely than men to have learnedto blow theirown horn. And they are more likely than men to believe that ifthey do so, theywon't be liked. (...) Read more? Sign up for free

  David Leaney
Director, Australia

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