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Women's Leadership Journeys Stories, Research, and Novel Perspectives

Edited By Sherylle J. Tan, Lisa DeFrank-Cole Copyright 2019
    302 Pages
    by Routledge

    302 Pages
    by Routledge

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    This volume brings together research from leading scholars with stories from women leaders in diverse sectors to provide insights from their leadership journeys. The book begins with personal stories of women’s leadership journeys by chief executive officers, a former U.S. ambassador, a college president, and others. The stories enable readers to make sense of their own leadership journeys by learning about the varied paths to leadership and taking note of key elements such as role transitions, defining moments, identity development, and growth mindsets. Next, scholars discuss novel research that can guide women in navigating their journeys to leadership, including on followership, competition, representation of women in politics, and the role of biology in leadership. This must-have volume offers cutting-edge perspectives and a guide for women to navigate their own journeys to impactful leadership.

    1. Introduction Sherylle J. Tan and Lisa DeFrank-Cole

    Part I: Women’s Leadership Journeys: Stories from Women Leaders

    2. Expanding Possibilities: Matrilineal Stories of Leadership Lisa DeFrank-Cole and Elaine Hunchuck DeFrank

    3. Life Is What We Make It Barbara Barrett

    4. The Right Kind of Girl: Resistance Faced and Support Offered to Women on the Journey to Board Chair Heather Inez Ricks Scott

    5. Searching for a Presidency: Lessons for Women in American Higher Education Carolyn J. Stefanco

    6. From Wall Street to Social Entrepreneurship Connie K. Duckworth

    Part II: Navigating the Journey

    7. Entrepreneurial Transitions: Meeting the Need for Balance and Challenge in Navigating the Leadership Journey Sherylle J. Tan and Claudia Raigoza

    8. Navigating Leadership: How Diverse Women Learn and Progress towards their Leadership Aspirations and Goals Cindy Pace

    9. Courage: Mapping the Leadership Journey Joan Marques

    10. Defining Moments: Aspects of a Four-Day Women’s Leadership Development Institute That Changed Participants’ Self-Perceptions of Leadership Capacity Karen A. Longman, Carrie Stockton, Andrew T. Bolger, Athena R. Castro, and Sandy L. Hough

    11. Women’s Leader Identity Development: Building a Team for the Journey S. Lynn Shollen

    12. Efficacy and Growth Mindsets Buffer Against Identity Threat for Women in Leadership Positions Crystal L. Hoyt and Jeni L. Burnette

    Part III: Looking at Women’s Leadership Journeys Ahead: Cutting Edge Perspectives

    13. The Leader-Follower Cycle: Using Followership as a Means to Empower Women Lisa DeFrank-Cole and Brent Bishop

    14. Leadership and Lactation Barbara Kellerman

    15. Do Competitive Environments Push Good Female Leaders Away? Competition and the Leadership Gender Gap Jeffrey A. Flory

    16. Looking Forward: The Contours of Women’s Representation in U.S. Politics Vanessa C. Tyson

    17. What is Next for Women and Leadership Research and Theory? Making a Critical Impact for the Future Susan R. Madsen and Jolyn Dahlvig


    Sherylle J. Tan is Director of Internships and KLI Research at the Kravis Leadership Institute at Claremont McKenna College, USA. Her research focuses on women and leadership and evaluation of leadership education programs.

    Lisa DeFrank-Cole is Associate Professor and Director of Leadership Studies at West Virginia University, USA. Her research interests include the combined topics of women and leadership.

    "Tan and DeFrank-Cole’s edited volume is an essential read for anyone interested in gender and leadership. Its chapters range from women’s stories of their career journeys, to presentations of important studies, to new explanations of why there are too few female leaders."

    —Alice H. Eagly, Northwestern University, USA

    "Women’s Leadership Journeys is a treasure trove for women at every level seeking to give scope to their talents and reach their full potential. The honest insights the contributors share about their rich and varied paths to extraordinary success teach a fundamental truth: that resilient women who are mindful of their strengths and unafraid to articulate them––and willing to take risks––can transform organizations, institutions and our common culture."

    —Sally Helgesen, independent practitioner and author of How Women Rise, The Female Vision, and The Female Advantage

    "Despite a half century of equal opportunity legislation and initiatives, women’s representation in leadership positions remains anything but equal. This book offers a wide range of important insights about why such underrepresentation is a serious problem, and how we can more effectively address it."

    —Deborah L. Rhode, Stanford University, USA