Women as Global Leaders

Edited by:
Faith Wambura Ngunjiri, Concordia College, MN
Susan R. Madsen, Utah Valley University

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 as Global Leaders is the second volume in the new Women and Leadership: Research, Theory, and Practice book series published for the International Leadership Association by IAP. Global leadership is an emerging area of research, with only a small but growing published literature base. More specifically, the topic of women’s advances and adventures in leading within the global context is barely covered in the existing leadership literature. Although few women are serving in global leadership roles in corporate and non-profit arenas, and as heads of nations, that number is growing (e.g., Indira Nooyi at PepsiCo, Sheryl Sandberg at Facebook, Marissa Mayer at Yahoo, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf as president of Liberia, Angela Merkel as chancellor of Germany).

The purpose of this volume is to provide the reader with current conceptualizations and theory related to women as global leaders, recent empirical investigations of the phenomenon, analysis of effective global leadership development programs, and portraits of women who lead, or have led, in a global role. The volume is divided into four sections. The first section covers the state of women as global leaders, containing chapters by Joyce Osland and Nancy Adler, pioneers in the field of global and/or women’s leadership. The second section describes approaches to women’s global leadership. The third section offers an analysis of programs that are useful in developing women as global leaders, with the final section profiling women as global leaders, including Margaret Thatcher, Nobel Laureate Malala Yousfazai, and Golda Meir. As Barbara Kellerman noted in the Foreword, "this book... should be understood as a collection whose time has come, precisely because women now have opportunities to lead that are far more expansive than they were even in the recent past. Though their numbers remain low, they are able in some cases to exercise leadership not only as outsiders, but also as insiders, from the very positions of power and authority to which men forever have had access."

Foreword, Barbara Kellerman. Introduction, Faith Wambura Ngunjiri and Susan R. Madsen. PART I: THE STATEOF WOMEN AS GLOBAL LEADERS. Introducing Global Leadership: Laying the Groundwork for Women as Global Leaders, Joyce S. Osland. Women Leaders: Shaping History in the 21st Century, Nancy J. Adler. PART II: WOMEN’S GLOBAL LEADERSHIP APPROACHES. Women and Global Leadership: Three Theoretical Perspectives, Roya Ayman and Karen Korabik. Multiple Intelligences of Effective Women Global Leaders: Emotional, Social, and Cultural Competencies, Julie Breithaupt. Women Leading Through the Lens of Cultural Intelligence, Joanne Barnes. Becoming More Themselves: How Can Global Organizations Promote Women’s Authentic Leadership, Sarah E. Saint-Michel and Valerie Claire Petit. Global Women Leaders: A Leadership Cartography as a Proposed Approach, Karin Klenke. PART III: DEVELOPING WOMEN AS GLOBAL LEADERS. Advancing Women’s Executive Development: Effective Practices for the Design and Delivery of Global Women’s Leadership Programs, Mary Ellen Kassotakis and Julnar B. Rizk. A Master’s Degree in Global Leadership: A Story of Development, Wendy E. Rowe, Cheryl Heykoop, and Catherine Etmanski. Women’s Leadership Learning Through Global Study in Central and South America, Paige Haber-Curran and Kaitlin Hartley. PART IV: STORIES OF WOMEN AS GLOBAL LEADERS. What Films Reveal About Women as Global Leaders, Margie A. Nicholson. Malala Yousafzai: The Power and Paradox of Global Celebrity, Carol Burbank. Beyond the Appendage Syndrome: The Life and Meaning of Golda Meir, Norman W. Provizer. What Kind of Leader was Mrs. Thatcher? Stephanie Jones. About the Authors.