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On Becoming a Woman Leader
On Becoming a Woman Leader is a groundbreaking book that focuseson the experiences of ten extraordinary women leaders in highereducation. The book explores how these women developed theknowledge, skills, and core competencies that helped them obtainand maintain positions of influence within the academy.
Based on years of research, this book provides an analysis ofthe data gathered from extensive interviews with universitypresidents. These women offer candid information about theirlifelong journey to becoming leaders. They reveal their childhoodand adolescent experiences including facts about their personality,schooling, activities, leadership positions, employment,influential individuals, significant events, opportunities, awards,recognitions, college plans, and goals. The discussion about theleaders' college years provides insight into what influenced theirleadership development, decisions, and perspectives.
On Becoming a Woman Leader examines the leaders' career pathsfrom first professional jobs to their current positions, placingparticular emphasis on the skills developed at each level. The bookprovides details about the individuals who influenced these womenthroughout their careers and reveals theexperiences—activities, situations, andopportunities—that the presidents believe were most beneficialfor their growth as leaders. The author also includes pertinentinformation about the presidents' leadership motivations, styles,and philosophies. At the conclusion of the book, the presidentsoffer their personal leadership development advice.
On Becoming a Woman Leader offers a guide for personal growth aswell as a wealth of ideas that can help develop the kind of womenleaders that will truly make a difference in their communities.
Part I: Youth.
2. Family Background and Childhood.
4. College Years.
Part II: Adulthood.
5. Career Paths and Barriers.
6. Influential Individuals.
7. Developmental Activities.
8. Other Life Roles.
Part III: Leadership.
9. Leadership Motivation, Styles, and Philosophies.
10. Presidential Advice and Perspectives.
Appendix A: Research Methods.
Appendix B: Interview Categories.
Appendix C: Previous Positions Held by the Ten WomenPresidents.