Women leaders and women managers in the global community

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Abstract:

While still rare, the number of women who have held or are holding the most senior positions of political leadership serving as either prime ministers or presidents of their countries has nevertheless risen steadily since 1960 when Sirimavo Bandaranaike of Sri Lanka took office. This paper profiles select number of female political leaders worldwide and examines relationship between leadership and management in the context of the global community. Women's access to the highest political offices is used as a prism through which the continuing dilemma of women's representation at the highest levels of public life is examined. The importance of the specificity of the socio-historical and cultural contexts in leadership is emphasized.

Keywords: Leadership; Politics; Women

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/13620439910262787

Publication date: March 1, 1999

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