Developing Women Leaders in Corporate America
Balancing Competing Demands, Transcending Traditional Boundaries
by Alan T. Belasen
February 2012, 260pp, 6 1/8x9 1/4
1 volume, Praeger

Hardcover: 978-0-313-39573-4
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Despite having achieved numerical parity with men in management positions overall, evidence suggests that there are significantly fewer women leading organizations across corporate America. However, more and more companies are recognizing that women can be particularly suitable for senior management positions—in fact, companies that promote women to senior executive positions typically excel in their industries.

This book provides research-based evidence within the Competing Values Framework to examine women’s leadership styles, demonstrate their suitability for senior management positions, and show how employers must embrace women in leadership roles in order for their companies to be diversified and globalized.

There is abundant proof that women in senior positions can make boardrooms “smarter” and companies more successful. And with a mastery of transformational and transactional roles, women possess a far larger behavioral repertoire to deal with stress than men—an advantage in any crisis situation. Even so, the glass ceiling still exists.

Developing Women Leaders in Corporate America: Balancing Competing Demands, Transcending Traditional Boundaries focuses on the research-based Competing Values Framework (CVF), an organizing schema that enables leaders to assess empirically personal strengths and weaknesses, and analyze and manage organizational situations. Each chapter showcases concrete evidence of women’s ability to succeed at the top levels of management and their skills that add value to employers, and then utilizes CVF to pinpoint specific challenges for women leaders and identify practical strategies for success.

This book will enable women leaders and managers, employers, company executives, leadership development consultants, business educators, HR directors, and trainers to reduce stereotyping associated with women in male-populated careers. The author also explains why women, more than men, possess characteristics that help ensure success in international assignments.


  • Developmental plans based on self assessment and self-analysis of women managers using the Competing Values Framework
Alan T. Belasen, PhD, is professor of management and chair of the business, management, and leadership programs at State University of New York, Empire State College. He holds degrees from the Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Israel, and State University of New York at Albany. He has taught organizational behavior, leadership communication, human resources, international business, and corporate communication at the University at Albany, and the AACSB Accredited MBA program at Union Graduate College. His published works include Leading the Learning Organization: Communication and Competencies for Managing Change and The Theory and Practice of Corporate Communication: A Competing Values Perspective. His most recent articles appear in Leadership & Organization Development Journal; Journal of Human Resource Management; International Journal of Human Resources Development and Management; The Journal of Health Administration Education; The Atlantic Journal of Communication; The International Journal of Leadership Studies; and the Proceedings of the Academy of Management. Belasen also contributed chapters in a number of books on topics such as self-managed work teams, women leadership, and executive education.
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