Women and Leadership: A Contextual Perspective / Edition 1

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This book examines women’s access to leadership roles and how these roles are perceived in society. It represents one of the first scholarly examinations of the burgeoning field of leadership. Using real-life examples and case studies of prominent women, Dr. Klenke explores the complex interactions between gender, leadership, and culture. Topics include the changing conceptions of leadership, women leaders in history, contemporary leadership theories, barriers to women’s leadership, and women leaders worldwide. This volume is of primary interest to educators and students involved in women’s studies programs as well as in courses in gender and leadership.

Deals w/ leadership & gender, barriers, women leaders in media & popular lit., leadership education, etc.

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What People Are Saying

Leadership Journal
The scope and depth of the book make it one of the most impressive tests to emerge in the field of leadership studies in recent years.
Bruce J. Avolio
It is a scholarly book, but it also provides enough application and examples to make it an enjoyable read...a very valuable addition to the literature. (Bruce J. Avolio, Center for Leadership Studies)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780826192219
  • Publisher: Springer Publishing Company, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/1/2004
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 328
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Meet the Author

Karin Klenke, PhD, is Associate Professor of leadership studies at the University of Richmond, VA. She received her BS and MS degrees in psychology from Old Dominion University. Her fields of research include leadership in information intensive organizations, the relationships between information technologies and leadership styles, leadership in emergent organizational forms, dispersed leadership in high performance teams, innovative methodologies in the study of leadership practices. Her work has been published in four books, numerous professional journals, book chapters, and proceedings of professional conferences. In addition to her work as a leadership educator, scholar, and consultant, Dr. Klenke is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Management Systems, a multidisciplinary organizational behavior journal. Finally, Dr. Klenke heads the Leadership Development Institute (LDI) International, a leadership consulting firm that offers a variety of leadership education and development programs to private and public sector organizations.

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Table of Contents

  1. Foreword by Susan Collins
  2. Changing Conceptions of Leadership
  3. Women Leaders in History
  4. Contemporary Leadership Theories: The Conceptual Thicket
  5. Women Leaders and Women Managers
  6. Women Leaders in the Media and Popular Literature
  7. Leadership and Gender in the Scientific Literature: How Real Are the Differences Between Women and Men?
  8. Visible and Not-so-Visible Barriers to Women’s leadership
  9. Contemporary Women Leaders in Different Contexts
  10. Women Leaders Worldwide: The Global Connection
  11. Leadership Education and Development: Preparing Leaders for the 21st Century
  12. Conclusions

  13. References
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