He, She or They – Does it matter in the workplace?

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This study examines non-binary people’s experience in the workplace with a special focus on the way they experience leadership. Five participants were interviewed and confronted with a hypothetical scenario in which they had to decide whether or not they would take a leadership position. The findings suggest that the non-binary gender identity and colleagues’ attitude towards it affected their decision and in some cases would cause the participants to decline the leadership position. Difficulties navigating the workplace as a non-binary person are also discussed. It is concluded that having a non-binary gender identity complicates not only work life, but most of a person’s daily life. However, more research is needed in order to clearly distinguish what the most pressing issues are.

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gender identity, gender roles, authenticity, leadership

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Donders, M., (2020) “He, She or They – Does it matter in the workplace?”, EWOP in Practice 12(1), 39–55. doi: https://doi.org/10.21825/ewopinpractice.87121

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Mila Donders (University of Sheffield)

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