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Women and Leadership: The State of Play and Strategies for Change

Book Description

Women and Leadership brings together in one comprehensive volume preeminent scholars from a range of disciplines to address the challenges involving women and leadership. These experts explore when and how women exercise power and what stands in their way. This groundbreaking volume offers readers an informed analysis of the state of women and leadership and offers the most informed and current thinking on

  • The perils of stereotypes

  • The importance of leadership style

  • Gender differences in the decision to seek leadership roles

  • Lessons from women leaders

  • "Opt out" patterns and the need for flexible career paths

  • Global inequalities and initiatives

  • Strategies that get women to the top

Women and Leadership is indispensable for understanding recent progress toward equal opportunity and the challenges that remain.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover Page
  2. Title Page
  3. Copyright
  4. Dedication
  5. Contents
  6. Foreword
  7. Women and Leadership
    1. The Underrepresentation of Women in Leadership Roles
    2. Women's Choices
    3. Gender Bias in Leadership Opportunities
    4. In-Group Favoritism: Gender Bias in Evaluations and Mentoring Networks
    5. Gender Roles in Family Settings
    6. Inflexible Workplace Structures and Inadequate Public Policies
    7. The Social Costs of Gender Inequalities
    8. Strategies for Change
    9. Conclusion
  8. Part One: Gender Differences and Gender Stereotypes
    1. 1: CROSSING THE BRIDGE
      1. What Does It Mean to Say That Women Lead Differently?
      2. What Does the Record of Women in Power Show?
      3. What Does Contemporary Social Science Tell Us About Women as Leaders?
      4. What Can We Learn from the Experience of Girls and Women?
      5. A Room of One's Own: Virginia Woolf on Women Throughout History
      6. Three Guineas: Crossing the Bridge from Private to Public Life
      7. Thinking About the Future: Where Do We Go from Here?
    2. 2: THE GREAT WOMEN THEORY OF LEADERSHIP?
      1. The Great Women Approach to Leadership
      2. Positive Stereotypes: Precarious Pedestals
      3. Degendering Leadership
      4. Conclusion
    3. 3: OVERCOMING RESISTANCE TO WOMEN LEADERS
      1. Stereotypes About Women, Men, and Leaders
      2. Resistance to Female Leaders
      3. Leadership Styles of Women and Men
      4. Conclusion
    4. 4: WOMEN, LEADERSHIP, AND THE NATURAL ORDER
      1. Women in Business
      2. Do Women Want Power?
      3. Are Women Opting Out?
      4. When Women Fail
      5. Women in the Military
      6. An Unsung Military Heroine
      7. Women in Political Office: The U.S. Example
      8. The Case of Jane Swift
      9. Are Women Innately Unsuited For Leadership?
      10. Conclusion
    5. 5: WHAT DIFFERENCE WILL WOMEN JUDGES MAKE?
      1. The Canadian Experience
      2. Equality in Theory in the United States
      3. Just How Will Women Judges Make a Difference?
      4. Conclusion
  9. Part Two: Leadership in Context: Women in Politics
    1. 6: OPENING THE DOOR
      1. What Types of Fast-Track Strategies Are Available?
      2. Assessing the Impact of Fast-Track Strategies
      3. Conclusions: Do Fast-Track Strategies Work?
    2. 7: WILL GENDER BALANCE IN POLITICS COME BY ITSELF?
      1. Changing the Acceptable Minimum of Women
      2. The Connection Between Problem-Diagnosis and Choice of Strategies
      3. New Countries at the Top of the World Rank Order
      4. Which Gender Quota System to Apply?
      5. Discursive Controversies
    3. 8: THE FUTURE OF WOMEN'S POLITICAL LEADERSHIP
      1. The Citizen Political Ambition Study
      2. The Results: A Substantial Gender Gap in Interest in Running for Office
      3. Explaining Gender Differences in Ambition for Office Seeking
      4. Conclusion and Discussion
    4. 9: IT'S WOMAN TIME
    5. 10: SHE'S THE CANDIDATE!
      1. A Woman for President?
      2. The Closer We Come, the More Interesting It Gets
  10. Part Three: Gender Differences and Gender Stereotypes
    1. 11: LEADERSHIP, AUTHORITY, AND WOMEN
      1. Distinguishing Leadership from Authority
      2. Leadership With and Without Authority
      3. Learning Further Across the Boundaries of Gender Difference
    2. 12: BRINGING YOUR WHOLE SELF TO WORK
      1. A Premium on Authenticity in the Twenty-First Century
      2. Authentic Engagement Through Strategic Use of Strengths
      3. Women Leaders and Authentic Engagement
      4. Lessons from Women Leaders on Enhancing Authentic Engagement at Work
    3. 13: WOMEN AND POWER
      1. The Problem of Power: Current Debates
      2. The Problem of Power: Different Feminists’ Contributions
      3. Feminism, Power, and Women's Leadership: Applications in Organizations
      4. Expanding Our Notions of Women's Power and Leadership
    4. 14: WOMEN IN CORPORATE LEADERSHIP
      1. The Bottom-Line Study: Gender Diversity and Profitability
      2. Women and Men in U.S. Corporate Leadership: Commonalities and Divergence
      3. Gender Stereotyping: A Major Barrier to Advancement for Women
      4. “Taking Care” Versus “Taking Charge” Leadership Behaviors
      5. Counteracting Stereotyping
      6. Making Change in Business Organizations
      7. Summary
  11. Part Four: Redefining the Problem, Recasting the Solutions
    1. 15: OFF-RAMPS AND ON-RAMPS
      1. Are Women Opting Out?
      2. Why Do Women Leave?
      3. Why Do Women Want Back In?
      4. Lost on Reentry
      5. The Prevalence of Stigma
      6. The Penalties of Time Out
      7. Downsizing Ambition
      8. What Do Women Want?
      9. Reversing the Brain Drain
    2. 16: ISN'T SHE DELIGHTFUL?
      1. Women Who Have Arrived—Or Have They?
      2. “Women's Ways” and Advancement
      3. Presuming Innocence
    3. 17: DISRUPTING GENDER, REVISING LEADERSHIP
      1. An Organizational Approach to Gender and Leadership
      2. The Miner's Canary
      3. Disrupting Masculinity: The Case of Two Offshore Oil Platforms
      4. Implications for Women and Leadership
      5. Conclusion
  12. Acknowledgments
  13. Contributors
  14. Index