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Erin E. O'Brien & Jennifer Shea

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

Chapter 5: Women's Leadership within their Communities

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Women's Leadership within their Communities
Women's leadership within their communities

At the core of perennial debates in leadership literature are three questions: (1) What is leadership? (2) What competencies should effective leaders exhibit? (3) How are effective leaders identified or developed? Implicit in those debates is the question of whether leadership can be understood in universal terms or if it is always contingent on circumstances (Bass, 1990; Van Wart, 2005). Until recently, both the theoretical and empirical literature placed primacy either on the leader or on the context of leadership. Giving primacy to either one came ...

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