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Women and Leadership Around the World

Book cover of Women and Leadership Around the World

Editors: Susan R. Madsen, Karen A. Longman, and Faith Wambura Ngunjiri (Information Age Publishing, 2015)

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Description: Women and Leadership around the World is the third volume in theWomen and Leadership: Research, Theory, and Practice series that is being published to inform leadership scholars and practitioners. This volume explores areas of women’s leadership in four regions around the world: the Middle East, Europe, North America, and Asia Pacific. Hence, we have included 14 chapters that cover a wide range of important topics relevant to women and leadership within specific contexts around the world. Our goal for this volume is to provide readers with explorations of women’s experiences as leaders, including recent research studies, analysis and interpretation of statistics unpacking the status of women in various sectors and countries, stories of influential women leaders with national or local spheres of influence, and including recommendations for positive change to increase women’s access to positions of authority. The volume contributors use various theories and conceptualizations to problematize, historicize, and analyze women’s limited access to power, and their agency as leaders from the grassroots to the national scene, from education to non-profits and business organizations.

Overall, the book contributes interpretations of the status of women in various countries, presenting the stories behind the numbers and statistics and uncovering not only challenges but also opportunities for resiliency and effectiveness as leaders. The authors offer recommendations for change that cross national boundaries, such as structural changes in organizations that would open the door for more women to access positions of authority and be effective as leaders. It is rare to find a book with such a diverse array of topics and countries, making this a timely contribution to the literature on women and leadership. The authors remind us to continue to expand the literature base on women and leadership, drawing from both qualitative and quantitative studies as well as conceptual explorations of women as leaders in different countries, regions, indigenous communities, and across different sectors. The more we know, the better informed will be our efforts to create appropriate leadership development activities and experiences for emerging women leaders and girls around the world. This book contributes significantly to that very effort.

About the Co-Editors

Susan R. Madsen is the Orin R. Woodbury Professor of Leadership and Ethics in the Woodbury School of Business at Utah Valley University. She has been heavily involved for the last decade in researching the lifetime development of prominent women leaders and has two books published on her interviews with women university presidents, U.S. governors, and international leaders.

Karen Longman is professor and program director of the doctoral higher education programs at Azusa Pacific University, currently serving 100+ students from across North America and around the world. She has directed a series of Women’s Leadership Development Institutes and Women’s Advanced Leadership Institutes since 1998.

Faith Wambura Ngunjiri is the Director of the Lorentzsen Center for Faith and Work, and an Associate Professor of Ethics and Leadership at the Offutt School of Business at Concordia College. She has research interests in women and leadership, particularly at the intersections of identities and locations; spirituality in the workplace; and culturally appropriate qualitative methods.

Table of Contents

Foreword: Alice Eagly

Introduction: Susan R. Madsen, Faith Wambura Ngunjiri, Karen A. Longman & Cynthia Cherrey

  1. Dying to Lead: Women Leaders in Afghanistan During the 2012-2014 Transition and Beyond  – Randal Joy Thompson
  2. Female Leadership for Peace and Human Security: Case Study of Israel/Palestine  –  Lisa A. Berkley & Ashley Lackovich-Van Gorp
  3. Business Women Associations in the United Arab Emirates: The Influence on the Network and Networking – Linzi J. Kemp
  1. Disappearing Dissidents: Women Leaders and Politics in Post-Communist Czech Republic  – Petra Hejnova
  2. Women’s Leadership in Finland: The Meanings of Motherhood as Related to Leadership for Women Managers – Anna-Maija Lämsä & Arja Piilola
  3. Danica Purg: The Leadership Development Journey of One of Slovenia’s Most Influential Women – Susan R. Madsen, Michelle O. Taylor & D. Candice Backus
  4. UK Women Leaders, Their Careers, and Organizational Culture  – Viki Holton
  1. Beyond Pipelines and Talent Pools: A Comparative Analysis of Women in Senior Leadership Positions Across and Between Sectors in Canada  – Wendy Cukier, Samantha Jackson, Krysten Connely, Erin Roach, & Suzanne Gagnon
  2. Black American Women’s Political Experiences: Leadership Lessons for Women Globally  –Dionne M. Rosser-Mims
  3. Women as Community Leaders: A Portrait of Authentic, Collaborative, Transformational Leadership – Faith Wambura Ngunjiri
  1. New Zealand Women in Leadership: Opportunities and Challenges – Jane Simmonds & Sarah Leberman
  2. Changing Faces Women’s Leadership Seminar: A Model for Increasing Asia Pacific women’s Entrepreneurial Participation – Liz A. Dorn & Ann Hartman
  3. The Participant of Women as Leaders in South and Southeast Asia: A Comparative Analysis in India, Philippines, and Taiwan – Aileen G. Zaballero, Ashwini Esther Joshua-Gojer, Zakiya O. Alsadah, & Leslie G. Scamacca
  4. Wahine Toa Women Warriors: Māori Women Leaders in the Film and Screen Industry – Rachel Wolfgramm & Ella Henry