Women in Power: The Personalities and Leadership Styles of Indira Gandhi, Golda Meir, and Margaret Thatcher

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In Women in Power, Blema S. Steinberg explores the personalities and leadership styles of three remarkable female leaders, Indira Gandhi, Golda Meir, and Margaret Thatcher to help us understand the ways in which personality impacts on leadership. The personality traits of each woman are examined using insights from the fields of psychiatry, psychology, and psychoanalysis, while their respective leadership styles draw upon measures developed by political scientists. Steinberg then tests the theoretical expectations concerning the relationship between different personality traits and leadership styles against the empirical evidence for each prime minister. The book concludes with a comparative analysis of her results.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780773533561
  • Publisher: McGill-Queens University Press
  • Publication date: 5/28/2008
  • Series: Arts Insights Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 436
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.80 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Blema Steinberg is professor emeritus, McGill University, the author of Shame and Humiliation: Presidential Decision Making on Vietnam, a member of the Canadian Psychoanalytic Society, and a practicing psychoanalyst.
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Table of Contents

Figures and Tables

Pt. 1 Indira Gandhi

1 Indira Gandhi: From Prime Minister's Daughter to Prime Minister 17

2 Mother India: The Personality Profile of Indira Gandhi 46

3 Indira Gandhi's Leadership Style 72

Pt. 2 Golda Meir

4 Golda Meir: From Immigrants' Daughter to Prime Minister 115

5 The Jewish Grandmother: The Personality Profile of Golda Meir 145

6 Golda Meir's Leadership Style 172

Pt. 3 Margaret Thatcher

7 Margaret Thatcher: From Grocer's Daughter to Prime Minister 211

8 The Iron Lady: The Personality Profile of Margaret Thatcher 239

9 Margaret Thatcher's Leadership Style 264

Conclusion 301

Appendix Conceptual Framework and Methodology 321

Notes 367

Bibliography 411

Index 423

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