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“And proceeding until apprehended”: A study of the processes of disruption and transformation in a women’s leader development programme

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Amy Stabler


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Women continue to be underrepresented in leadership ranks of organizations, especially in male-dominated industries (Debebe et al., 2016). Although much research has now been done on women as leaders, limited work has been done on how to develop leadership in, by, and for women (Ely, Ibarra, & Kolb, 2011). Recognizing that many attempts to place women into positions of leadership rely on outmoded notions of ‘fixing the women’ (Ely & Meyerson, 2000), we created a programme to engage mentors and critical friends to move such development into a communal space. The purpose of this paper is to report on the outcome of this programme, and present findings that outline the challenges faced by the women as they struggled to make sense of new identities as leaders in a male-dominated industry. The findings of this study contribute to the growing body of literature that suggests women have different developmental needs than men as they assume a leadership mantle.

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Author(s): Callahan JL, Stabler A, Coetsee J

Publication type: Conference Proceedings (inc. Abstract)

Publication status: Published

Conference Name: UFHRD 19th International Conference on HRD Research and Practice

Year of Conference: 2018

Acceptance date: 02/04/2018