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ERIC Number: ED462342
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Nov-16
Pages: 17
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Mother's Leading: Models of Maternalism.
Masini, Douglas E.
When examining basic leadership models, the traits of one of the most important leaders in society, the mother, are rarely considered. This paper reflects on models of leadership found in textbooks and feminist literature and conjures a model, inclusive of popularly held beliefs, of the role of mothers in family and society. The paper asks whether mothers are seen as leaders, noting that in ancient Chinese literature it is stated that (paraphrasing) if the earth's mothers negotiated peace treaties there would be no more wars. It also asks if maternalism makes sense in the rearing of new citizens, why does it not make sense for municipalities or the world? The paper addresses salient examples of feminist leadership that inform maternalism and offers a multi-faceted approach to problem solving in the wake of an ineffective paternalistic world view. The review of the literature reveals five agendas of inquiry regarding maternal leadership: mystical powers of mothers; women in power; critical (maternal) literacy in the workplace; maternal leading and radical feminism; and maternal leadership, the road to praxis. The paper concludes that maternal leading is a complex form of leadership that uses powerful tools and embraces an emphatic approach to leading, with an emphasis on love, caring for others, and a positive focus. (Contains 13 references.) (Author/BT)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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