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ERIC Number: ED513621
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 286
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISBN: ISBN-978-1-1092-6470-8
A Phenomenological Case Study of Tohono O'odham Women's Perceptions of Leadership
Bergman, Debra Ann
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, The University of Arizona
Research conducted over the last 20 years has addressed various areas of management to determine whether cultural and attitudinal factors have influenced women's access to power. The findings have added new elements of interest to the study of leadership; these investigations have applied their findings to all women and only certain groups of women of color. Native American women have been left out of any investigation that examined or determined their beliefs related to leadership. To date, no investigations have examined Tohono O'odham women's perceptions about leadership and how they utilized leadership behaviors and characteristics in their daily roles, even though within today's society there are many O'odham women in leadership positions both on and off the reservation. The purpose of this research project is to investigate the perceptions and beliefs of Tohono O'odham women and compare them to the theoretical constructs that have been identified through Sashkin's (1989) work on Transformational and Visionary Leadership Theory utilizing the 10 sub-scales within the Leadership Behavior Questionnaire (LBQ). The LBQ is a non-indigenous instrument primarily utilized to assist leaders in the dominant society measure the extent they are applying the ten sub-scales into practical outcomes. This study explores the perceptions and attitudes that describe common themes of leadership valued by Tohono O'odham indigenous women who are in positions that demonstrate leadership responsibilities. The themes are compared and discussed descriptively with regard to the statistical findings of the major components identified with Transformation and Visionary Leadership Theory. The 10 sub-scales are Clear Leadership, Communication Leadership, Consistent Leadership, Caring Leadership, Creative Leadership, Confident Leadership, Empowered Leadership, Visionary Leadership, Organizational Leadership, and Cultural Leadership. The methodology used in this research included a demographic survey, quantitative questionnaire (LBQ), and in-depth qualitative interviews. The findings of this study have implications relevant to research on leadership related to women of color, particularly Tohono O'odham indigenous women. These findings can assist Tohono O'odham and other Native American women gain a better understanding of the relationship between the dominant culture's perceptions of leadership and the balance they may need to lead within their own tribe within the dominant society. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
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Language: English
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