The language of female leadership

Judith A. Baxter*

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Could language be a reason why women are under-representedat senior level in the business world? The Language of Female Leadership investigates how female leaders actually use language to achieve their business and relational goals. The author proposes that the language of women leaders is shaped by the type of corporation they work for. Based on the latest research, three types of ‘gendered corporation’ appear to affect the way women interact with colleagues: the male-dominated,the gender-divided and the gender-multiple. This book shows that senior women have to carry out extra ‘linguistic work’ to make their mark in the boardroom. In male-dominated and gender-divided corporations, women must develop an extraordinarylinguistic expertise just to survive. In gender-multiple corporations, this linguistic expertise helps them to be highly regarded and effective leaders.Judith Baxter lectures in Applied Linguistics at the University of Aston. She has written and edited many publications in the field of language and gender, language and education and the language of leadership. She won a government award to conduct a major research study in the language of female leadership.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationBasingstoke
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages256
ISBN (Electronic)978-0-230-27791-5
ISBN (Print)978-1-403-99788-3
Publication statusPublished - 19 Nov 2009

Bibliographical note

Baxter, Judith A. (2009) The language of female leadership. Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke. ISBN 978-1403997883. reproduced with permission of Palgrave Macmillan. This extract is taken from the author's original manuscript and has not been edited. The definitive version of this piece may be found in The Language of Female Leadership by Judith Baxter which can be purchased from


  • language
  • women
  • business
  • senior
  • leadership
  • female leader


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