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ERIC Number: EJ1145561
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 27
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0032-0684
Home Grown Female Leadership Models
Mahmood, Abaida
Planning and Changing, v46 n3-4 p354-380 2015
Leadership is less about our needs, and more about the needs of the people around us and the organization we are leading. Leadership styles are not something to be tried on like so many suits, to see which fits. Rather, they should be adapted to the particular demands of the situation, the particular requirements of the people involved and the particular challenges facing the organization. For our organization we wanted to develop 24 hour leadership habits, adopting leadership styles to suit their day-today routines and to cope effectively at work. Leadership for us meant state of mind, feelings, behaviours and attitudes. Seven aspiring women underwent one year leadership training at Qurban & Surraya Educational Trust, Lahore, Pakistan and then were asked to identify and define their leadership styles. The purpose was to strengthen leadership qualities in order to transform power relations; to promote justice, equality, peace and sustainable development; to encourage, delegate and transfer leadership duties to the successors without feeling threatened; and to build capacity through the sharing of vision, mechanisms, and concepts; and exchange of experiences, strategies, skills and the mobilization of resources. This transformational journey has now led these women to identify their wings, spread them, fly solo and to encourage others to make the same discovery. In our organization we suffered from the lack of growth of leadership as the older Principals feared change, they never encouraged the younger ones to take upon leadership roles, they were frightened to let go and to delegate. This article seeks to set the stage for the exploration of female leadership in educational systems within developing countries like Pakistan. It shows that the leadership practices can be developed through contextualizing the formal roles into action. It explores how female educational leaders develop their leadership practices despite facing specific challenges and possibilities. It provides the educators various homegrown leadership models that can be adapted by the administrative staff, which leads towards the effectiveness of the organization.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Pakistan
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