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Women as Transformational Leaders

From Grassroots to Global Interests

by Michele A. Paludi and Breena E. Coates, Editors


A majority of successful women defined leadership in terms of being effective listeners and communicators, facilitating collaboration and change, and mentoring and empowering others. Is this why female leaders are becoming common at the top levels of effective organizations across society, including business, education, government, religious institutions, and the military?

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September 2011


Pages 567
Volumes 2
Size 6 1/8x9 1/4
Topics Psychology/Gender

This compilation of scholarly reviews and personal reflections on women and leadership styles focuses on multicultural and organizational issues—empowering information that female leaders can use to break through the glass ceiling.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor are just two of the most visible examples among the hundreds of thousands of women nationwide today in leadership positions. Female leaders at the grassroots to global levels are everywhere, lending credence to the idea that the glass ceiling for women may finally be thinning. This two-volume work provides an exhaustive examination of the scholarly research on women leaders and the leadership philosophies that have enabled their success.

Volume one of Women as Transformational Leaders: From Grassroots to Global Interests presents an overview of stereotypes, attributions, and stigma about women leaders that focuses on social and psychological reasons for discrimination against women leaders. The second volume addresses cultural and organizational issues, including global leadership to eliminate violence against women and international insights on women and transformational leadership. The subject of transformational leadership in viewed within several disciplines, including women's studies, religion, the public sector, and private sector, documenting how far women have advanced—and how their leadership style typically differs from that of men.


  • Contributions from 49 distinguished academic scholars describe research findings and present personal reflections on leadership styles
  • Bibliographies follow each scholarly chapter
  • An index provides quick access to topics discussed in scholarly chapters
  • Appendices include women in leadership organizations, institutes, and graduate programs


  • Addresses pervasive stereotypes, stigma, and attributions about women and leadership
  • Includes chapters authored by women of color to provide a multicultural perspective on women's transformational leadership
  • Bridges empirical research with personal reflections regarding individual choices and organizational responses to hiring and promoting women leaders
  • Offers recommendations for women leaders as well as human resource departments and CEOs about promoting women to leadership positions
Author Info

Michele A. Paludi is president of Human Resources Management Solutions and participating faculty at Union Graduate College, Schenectady, NY. Paludi is series editor for Praeger's Women's Psychology and Women and Careers in Management and has authored or edited 38 texts on workplace discrimination, sexual harassment, psychology of women, workplace violence, and campus violence. Her book Ivory Power: Sexual Harassment on Campus received the 1992 Myers Center Award for Outstanding Titles in Human Rights. She was recently named "Woman of the Year" by the Schenectady Business & Professional Women's club and is currently the Elihu Root Peace Fund Professor in Women's Studies at Hamilton College, Clinton, NY.

Breena E. Coates is chair of the Department of Management, College of Business and Public Administration, California State University, San Bernadino, CA. Coates' research includes market controls on corporate social responsibility, women in the military, culture and cognition in a complex mega organization, and understanding stress on social systems in dynamic organizational environments.



"This two-volume set offers a timely collection on the topic of women as leaders, providing scholarly research as well as personal accounts of women leaders in many different economic sectors in the U.S. and across the globe. . . . A valuable addition to the literature on leadership and women studies. Summing Up: Highly recommended."Choice

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