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Barbara Bird

In: Gender and Women's Leadership: A Reference Handbook

Chapter 43: Overview: Women Leaders in the Business and Profit Sector

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Overview: Women Leaders in the Business and Profit Sector
Overview: Women leaders in the business and profit sector

Women have been leading in the business and for-profit sector for longer than our memories and possibly our history can accurately account. This chapter starts, necessarily, with definitions. Leadership is the process whereby an individual influences a group of other individuals to find and/or achieve a common goal. The processes are inherently behavioral although they derive from individual, cultural, and social cognitions (which include values, scripts, intentions, and other expectations). Leaders require a repertoire of individual competencies, or ...

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