ERIC Number: ED427614
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Publication Date: 1998-Nov
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Senior Women Community College Administrators: Life in Higher Education's Inner Circle. ASHE Annual Meeting Paper.
Tedrow, Barbara; Rhoads, Robert A.
This qualitative study of community college women administrators explored patterns of women's leadership. The study group consisted of 30 women holding senior-level administrative positions at community colleges in the Midwest: 24 of the study group were white, 6 were African Americans. The study involved a review of the literature and in-depth interviews with each of the women. Interviews focused on how the women themselves viewed their leadership roles, the challenges they faced as women administrators, their perceptions of gender issues within their organizations, how they negotiated the organizational context, and how they managed the intersection between personal and professional lives. The study found that while each woman tended to display a preference for one of three general strategies adaptation, reconciliation, or resistance, each found ways within the traditional work context to develop a unique leadership identity and communication style. While a few of the women denied gender as a force in their organizational lives, most found the gender difference challenging. If they followed male leadership styles, they were often rejected by female colleagues; if successful, they were often unaccepted by men simply because they were women. The study concludes that in order to develop women's leadership, institutions will have to examine critically the organizational culture. (Contains 39 references.) (CH)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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