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Praise for On Becoming a Woman Leader
"Through their own words, Susan Madsen illuminates the developmental experiences of my generation of women leaders in higher education. Her groundbreaking scholarship and insight ensure that this book will be valuable, not only within higher education, but to all who influence girls and women to make a difference in our world."
—Blenda J. Wilson, former president CEO, Nellie Mae Education Foundation and former president, California State University, Northridge
"Many lament the dearth of women in senior leadership positions. Madsen's research on women university presidents provides practical insights into how they evolved into those roles. More important, this provides a remarkable blueprint for any woman who aspires to follow in their tracks. This combination of clinical and empirical research makes a valued contribution to the literature of leadership."
—Jack Zenger, CEO, Zenger-Folkman and coauthor, The Extraordinary Leader: Turning Good Managers into Great Leaders
"Through intimate conversations with these extraordinary women leaders, Madsen has illuminated the enduring, timeless, and essential character of all good leaders—both men and women. I hope their stories will help us reclaim these traits in this time when so many institutions are adrift with leaders and policy makers who have lost their way."
—Margaret J. Wheatley, author, Leadership and the New Science and Finding Our Way: Leadership for an Uncertain Time
"For any woman who wants to become, serve, or understand a top leader in higher education, this book both analyzes past research and creates new data based on interviews with ten women who are university presidents. It offers a unique roadmap of tips, insights, and reflections to advance the next wave of women leaders devoted to making things better on their campuses."
—Mary Dee Wenniger, editor and publisher, Women in Higher Education newsletter
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 Women Presidents.