Women in global leadership : Asian and African perspectives
- Authors: Sueda, Kiyoko , Mayer, Claude-Hélène , Kim, Soyeon , Asai, Akiko
- Date: 2020
- Subjects: Global leadership , Women leaders , Multi-dimensional
- Language: English
- Type: Article
- Identifier: http://hdl.handle.net/10210/446101 , uj:39052 , Citation: Sueda, K. et al. 2020. Women in global leadership : Asian and African perspectives.
- Description: Abstract: Although the number of women in the workforce has continued to increase, women are still underrepresented in terms of leadership roles. Some studies have suggested that women leadership is advantageous to organizations, and that women are more adept at managing multi-dimensional diversity than men. Accelerated globalization requires collaboration in groups of people characterized by multidimensional diversity. However, there is little empirical research on the development of this subject overall and on women as global leaders. This chapter summarizes the process on how women leaders develop a global mindset, deal with diversity, and how they are encouraged or discouraged to become global leaders from micro, mezzo and macro perspectives. Three topics are covered : 1. Qualitative studies based on different cultural perspectives (Japan, Indonesia, Korea, and South Africa) and disciplines (Business, Intercultural Communication, Management, Psychology and Sociology) providing readers with micro, mezzo and macro levels of analysis, 2. an overview of women as global leaders in academic institutions, business organizations, and multicultural contexts, and 3. examples of different types of diversity with a focus on gender, e.g., nationality, ethnicity, religion, economic class, and educational background. The common denominators of what encourages and discourages women from becoming global leaders were identified, so that these could be applied to different contexts. Further to this, the positive aspects of women global leadership, and how they have made contributions in specific contexts, were discussed. It is hoped that a multi-level and interdisciplinary analysis of this subject will contribute in some way to promoting women global leadership.
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Women leaders, personal leadership and challenges
- Authors: Van Wyk, Marlize
- Date: 2012-10-30
- Subjects: Women in the professions , Leadership in women , Women leaders
- Type: Mini-Dissertation
- Identifier: uj:10470 , http://hdl.handle.net/10210/7941
- Description: M.Phil. , Orientation: Women leaders are acknowledged for their resonance-building leadership styles, adaptive communication skills and qualities of cooperation, mentoring and collaboration - traits that are becoming increasingly important to leadership in contemporary organisations. If women are sufficiently competent to serve as leaders, why have so relatively few reached the top of the ladder? Gender based stereotypes influenced by the cultural value dimensions of society are seen as the major barriers to women’s advancement. Despite enabling legislation in South Africa, statistics reflect the dwindling of opportunities as women reach the upper echelons of management. Career primary motivated women reported structural barriers in organisations including networking, glass ceilings and glass cliffs. Societal challenges that women face included lack of access to power in an environment that is becoming increasingly toxic, resulting in eroding of values and ethics among leaders in general. Personal challenges working mothers faced were finding balance in the social construction of their life roles and creating a meandering career path, during midlife. Personal leadership was evident in the women’s lives in their spiritual dimensions, their mental dimensions, their physical dimensions and their emotional dimensions. Research purpose: The aim of this study was to describe “Who” women leaders in South Africa are; to explore “What” challenges they face personally, in society and in organisations; and “How” personal leadership helped them to cope and excel in their careers and lives. Motivation for the study: In my opinion women are equally competent to serve as leaders, but there are barriers to their achievement of leadership positions. Living as a woman in South African society, where gender conditioning is interwoven, I’ve always been painfully aware of and frustrated with segregation and lack of opportunities based on gender. The first motivation for the study was to investigate the specific challenges career-primary motivated women face. Secondly, women leaders seem to cope brilliantly and excel in their careers and personal lives. The motivation of this study was to investigate what the qualities are that females bring to leadership and to illuminate how personal leadership assisted women leaders to overcome personal, socio-cultural and organisational challenges to excel in their careers through the different phases of their lives.
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