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ERIC Number: ED504434
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Mar-11
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 23
Executive Leadership for Women: Examining the Rhetoric and the Reality
Cocchio, Kathy L.
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This review was prompted by the significant under-representation of women in Canadian corporate executive positions and the University of Alberta's Executive Education and Lifelong Learning department's interest in determining whether a market exists for an executive education program designed specifically for women. I expected that I would find ample literature about the competencies required to succeed as a female corporate executive. My review of the leadership literature on women yielded copious information on feminine styles of leadership, the barriers that female leaders face, and the organizational/societal changes that must occur to facilitate the shattering of the proverbial glass ceiling; however, there appears to be limited literature about the core corporate competencies required for women to succeed at the executive level. Competencies are only alluded to by way of discussions about the values and qualities that female executives typically bring to the corporate world and by way of arbitrary comparisons of the male/female leadership behaviours and dynamics. It became clear to me that a broad investigation of the issues related to female leadership necessarily precedes positing core executive competencies: what women need to succeed is inextricably linked to the socio-cultural operational context in which they toil, dream, and grow. Therefore, the literature review explored the current operational context of executive leadership and the impact of gender on the quest for executive leadership. (Contains 6 figures.)
Publication Type: Information Analyses
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada