Subject. This article discusses the importance of leadership attributes at a new stage of economic development. Objectives. The article aims to investigate the factors influencing gender inequality in governance, and the attributes of transformational leadership of a new type necessary for the development of an innovation-driven economy. Methods. For the study, I used a comparative analysis and generalization. Results. The article describes the factors that prevent women from progressing up the career ladder, and finds that Russian society is largely exposed to gender stereotypes with the exception of the younger generation. Conclusions. The new challenges emphasize the importance of equal access to leadership positions for men and women, when the criteria of professionalism and the availability of competencies necessary to solve urgent problems play a crucial role.
Keywords: leadership, female leadership style, gender equality, glass ceiling, masculine type of behavior, innovative economy, social entrepreneurship
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