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We are the Leaders We've Been Waiting For

Women and Leadership Development in College

Julie E. Owen (author) Susan R. Komives (Foreword by)

ISBN: 9781642670080

Publication Date: Jul 2020

Format: Hardback

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Recognising that there are many possible manifestations of leadership or gender, this text encourages students to embrace the contradictions rather than engaging in dualistic, black-and-white thinking, challenging them to address such questions as, Should women "lean in" and work harder to achieve their own leadership goals?
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This text speaks to the changing context of today's women students' experiences, recognizing that their work life goals may go beyond climbing the corporate ladder to include social innovation and entrepreneurial goals, policy and politics, and social activism.

This book is a product of multiple collaborations and intellectual contributions of a diverse group of undergraduate and graduate women who helped shape the course on which it is based. They provided research support, critical readings, as well as the diverse narratives that are included throughout the book, not as an ideal for readers to aspire to but as an authentic expression of how their distinct and sometimes non-conforming lived experiences shaped their understandings of leadership. It goes beyond hero/she-ro person-centered approaches to get at the complex and intrapersonal nature of leadership. It also situates intersectional identities, critical consciousness, and student development theory as important lenses throughout the text.

Recognizing that there are many possible manifestations of leadership or gender, this text encourages students to embrace the contradictions rather than engaging in dualistic, black-and-white thinking, challenging them to address such questions as, Should women "lean in" and work harder to achieve their own leadership goals, or should they focus bigger systemic issues to create equity in the workplace?

Each chapter concludes with a brief chapter review, a narrative from a current college student, and critical reflection questions.
Pages 228
Dimensions 229 x 152
Date Published 30 Jul 2020
Publisher Stylus Publishing
Subject/s Higher & further education, tertiary education   Gender studies: women   Management: leadership & motivation  
Julie Owen is Associate Professor of Leadership Studies at the School of Integrative Studies, George Mason University, where she coordinates the leadership studies major and minor, and is affiliate faculty with the Higher Education Program, and with Women and Gender Studies. Owen has authored over 30 publications, including serving as co-editor of the Handbook for Student Leadership Development, and editor of Innovative Learning for Leadership Development in the New Directions for Student Leadership Series.

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