This work within The SAGE Reference Series on Leadership provides undergraduate students with an authoritative reference resource on leadership issues specific to women and gender. Although covering historical and contemporary barriers to women’s leadership and issues of gender bias and discrimination, this two-volume set focuses as well on positive aspects and opportunities for leadership in various domains and is centered on the 101 most important topics, issues, questions, and debates specific to women and gender. Entries provide students with more detailed information and depth of discussion than typically found in an encyclopedia entry, but lack the jargon, detail, and density of a journal article.Key FeaturesProvides a list of further readings and references after each entry, as well as a detailed index and an online version of the work to maximize accessibility for today's student audience.

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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