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Leading in Place
Leadership Through Different Eyes

ISBN 9780815351887
Published May 22, 2018 by Routledge
200 Pages 12 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

In Leading in Place, the authors open up new avenues in the debate on leadership by drawing the reader’s attention to the ways in which women can be—and are—leading in organizations and communities in sometimes unconventional, often unrecognized, ways.

Through surveys and interviews, this practitioner-academic team has conducted a thorough and fascinating study of women in various leadership roles, from paid high-level executives to community volunteers. The book bridges the chasm between what the experts write about leadership and what is experienced in organizations and communities. It pushes the reader to think about how unconscious biases have influenced perceptions of leadership in research and organizations. They suggest leadership research should be updated to integrate 21st century realities by moving past both bias towards male prototypes, as well as the ‘great women’ genre, revealing a wealth of experience and knowledge, including insights about leading in place.

With strategies for addressing issues around leadership at both the individual and organizational levels, this book will provide students of leadership as well as professionals with insights that challenge the ways we think about women leaders and leadership more generally.

Table of Contents

PART I: The Challenge

Chapter 1 Introduction

Why This Book?

Leading in Place Is a Rising Phenomenon

Conversation about Women and Leadership Is Skewed

Women Have Been, and Are, Leading in Place

Organization of the Book

Chapter 2 How Leadership Gets Construed

Outlines of Leadership Research

What Is ‘Known’?

Leadership Unfolds across Spheres of Life

Chapter 3 Taking Another Look

The Employment Landscape Varies over Time—With Implications for Demands on Leadership

Research Has Influenced—and Skewed—Practice

It’s Time for an Upgrade in Thinking about Leadership

First Interlude: Pivotal Points in Leadership Development

Part II: The Story from Many Voices

Chapter 4 Questions of Leadership, and Women

Seeing Those Who Lead in Place

Stories Shape Our World

Stories, Women, and Leadership

Exploring How Women Experience and Value Emergent Leadership

Chapter 5 ‘Her Stories’ about Leading in Place

Position or Behavior?

Stories of Leading in Place

How Prevalent Is Leading in Place?


Second Interlude: What Does Leadership Success Look Like?

Chapter 6 Women’s Perceptions

Introduction to the Survey

Who We Heard From

Perceptions of Leadership

Professional Satisfaction

Experience of Leaders


Chapter 7 Women’s Experiences

Experience as Leaders

Aspirations and Learning

Successes and Challenges

Choices and Trade-Offs

Limitations and Questions Begging for Exploration

Third Interlude: What Development Experiences Would Be Beneficial?

PART III: What to Make of It

Chapter 8 Findings and Insights on Leading in Place

The Leadership Literature

Our Findings

Her Stories

The Pros Offered Not Only Insight, but Also Advice

Balancing Work and Life Constitutes a Gender-Neutral Reality

What are the Implications for Research and Practice?

Epilogue: Letter to Our (and Others’) Daughters

What Is Leadership?

What Choices and Trade-Offs Do Women Make in Order to Lead?

What about Leadership and Power?

Do Others Need to Recognize Your Leadership to Validate it?

What about Biases?

What Else Have We Learned about Leadership?

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Rita M. Hilton, Ph.D., is an organizational and leadership development expert and an ICF-certified executive coach. She currently serves as Director of Talent and Organizational Development for a US government agency.

Rosemary O’Leary, Ph.D., is the Director of the School of Public Affairs and the Edwin O. Stene Distinguished Professor of Public Administration at the University of Kansas, USA.