The communication style of female vs male airline pilots

May 14, 2015 Uncategorized 0

The communication style of female vs male airline pilots

In studies done of airline pilots, female captains tended to use an obligation statement

like “I think we need to deviate to the right now” and the male captains tended to use a

direct command like “Turn 30 degrees to the right.”

So the female captains in a leadership role were using a high power style of

communication (Number 2 on the scale of mitigated language, not the strongest, direct

command approach).

Female pilots tent to chose a softer way of speaking that was more inclusive of the team

and consequently preferred by other crew members.

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