Women and Leadership around the World

Edited by:
Susan R. Madsen, Utah Valley University
Faith Wambura Ngunjiri, Concordia College, MN
Karen A. Longman, Azusa Pacific University
Cynthia Cherrey, International Leadership Association

A volume in the series: Women and Leadership. Editor(s): Susan R. Madsen, Utah Valley University. Karen A. Longman, Azusa Pacific University. Faith Wambura Ngunjiri, Concordia College, MN.

Published 2015

Women and Leadership around the World is the third volume in a new series of books (Women and Leadership: Research, Theory, and Practice) that will is now being published to inform leadership scholars and practitioners. The purpose of this volume is to explore areas of women’s leadership in four regions around the world: the Middle East, Europe, North America, and Asia Pacific. Hence, we have included 14 chapters that cover a wide range of important topics relevant to women and leadership within specific contexts around the world. Our goal for this volume is to provide readers with explorations of women’s experiences as leaders, including recent research studies, analysis and interpretation of statistics unpacking the status of women in various sectors and countries, stories of influential women leaders with national or local spheres of influence, and including recommendations for positive change to increase women’s access to positions of authority. The volume contributors use various theories and conceptualizations to problematize, historicize, and analyze women’s limited access to power, and their agency as leaders from the grassroots to the national scene, from education to non-profits and business organizations.

Overall, the book contributes interpretations of the status of women in various countries, presenting the stories behind the numbers and statistics and uncovering not only challenges but also opportunities for resiliency and effectiveness as leaders. The authors offer recommendations for change that cross national boundaries, such as structural changes in organizations that would open the door for more women to access positions of authority and be effective as leaders. It is rare to find a book with such a diverse array of topics and countries, making this a timely contribution to the literature on women and leadership. The authors remind us to continue to expand the literature base on women and leadership, drawing from both qualitative and quantitative studies as well as conceptual explorations of women as leaders in different countries, regions, indigenous communities, and across different sectors. The more we know, the better informed will be our efforts to create appropriate leadership development activities and experiences for emerging women leaders and girls around the world. This book contributes significantly to that very effort.

Foreword, Alice H. Eagly. Introduction, Susan R. Madsen, Karen A. Longman, and Faith Wambura Ngunjiri. PART I: MIDDLE EAST. Dying to Lead: Women Leaders in Afghanistan During the 2012–2014 Transition and Beyond, Randal Joy Thompson. Female Leadership for Peace and Human Security: Case Study of Israel/Palestine, Lisa A. Berkley and Ashley Lackovich-Van Gorp. Business Women Associations in the United Arab Emirates: Influence of the Network and Networking, Linzi J. Kemp. PART II: EUROPE. Disappearing Dissidents: Female Leaders and Politics in Post-Communist Czech Republic, Petra Hejnova. Women’s Leadership in Finland: The Meaning of Motherhood as Related to Leadership for Women Managers, Anna-Maija Lämsä and Arja Piilola. Danica Purg: The Leadership Development Journey of One of Slovenia’s Most Influential women, Susan R. Madsen, Michelle O. Taylor, and D. Candice Backus. Women Leaders in the United Kingdom, Their Careers, and the Organizational Culture, Viki Holton. PART III: NORTH AMERICA. Beyond Pipelines and Talent Pools: A Comparative Analysis of Women in Senior Leadership Positions Across and Between Sectors in Canada, Wendy Cukier, Samantha Jackson, Krysten Connely, Erin Roach, and Suzanne Gagnon. Black American Women’s Political Experiences: Leadership Lessons for Women Globally, Dionne M. Rosser-Mims. Women as Community Leaders: A Portrait of Authentic, Collaborative, and Transformational Leadership, Faith Wambura Ngunjiri. PART IV: ASIA PACIFIC. New Zealand Women in Leadership: Opportunities and Challenges, Jane Simmonds and Sarah Leberman. Changing Faces Women’s Leadership Seminar: A Model for Increasing Asia-Pacific Women’s Entrepreneurial Participation, Liz A. Dorn and Ann Hartman. The Participation of Women as Leaders in South and Southeast Asia: A Comparative Analysis in India, Malaysia, and Philippines, Aileen G. Zaballero, Ashwini Esther Joshua-Gojer, Zakiya O. Alsadah, and Leslie G. Scamacca. Wahine Toa Women Warriors: Māori Women Leaders in the Film and Screen Industry, Rachel Wolfgramm and Ella Henry. About the Contributors.

"Women and Leadership Around the World, edited by Susan R. Madsen, Faith Wambura Ngunjiri, Karen A. Longman, and Cynthia Cherrey, brings attention to the need for a paradigm shift in terms of understanding current issues related to gender equality and leadership. Specifically, the book breaks down the notion that women are making moderate progress toward equality in a uniform fashion and points to the heterogeneous ways in which countries around the world are addressing the need for leadership among women. The book brings to light that a majority of research and writing reflects the socioeconomic and cultural contexts of industrialized societies, labeled WEIRD (Western, Educated, Industrialized, Rich, and Democratic; Henrich, Heine, & Norenzayan, 2010).

The audience for this book includes anyone who is interested in gender research, political advancements for women, oppositional movements, social change, and gender leadership in industry. The chapters, using a case study approach, are organized into four parts: (1) Middle East, (2) Europe, (3) North America, and (4) Asia Pacific. The flow of the book is that each chapter presents a case-by-case analysis from a representative country, elucidating specific examples of gender-based leadership challenges and/or solutions." Candice R. Hollenbeck University of Georgia in PsycCRITIQUES