Article Title

Composing Our Lives—As Women and As Leaders

Abstract

The Problem.

Career paths have traditionally been seen as linear progressions, discrete steps along a well-traveled avenue, and leadership development articulated as a list of winning skills and behaviors. Alternate models are needed, in particular those relevant to the career and leadership development of women.

The Solution.

This article looks at women’s career paths and development as leaders through the lens of Bateson’s (1989) concept of composing a life. Drawing on the findings of research on the leadership self-identity of women college presidents, a new perspective of composing a career and a leadership identity is offered.

The Stakeholders.

With implications for career planning and leadership education, this research may be useful for human resource development (HRD) professionals, leadership development and career consultants, and educators—faculty, student advisors, and administrators. It may also be informative, supportive, and inspiring to women in higher education, wherever they stand in their careers.

Department

Leadership, Management & Business

Journal

Advances in Developing Human Resources

Volume

14

Issue

2

Publication Date

2012

Publisher's Page

http://journals.sagepub.com/home/adh

Document Type

Article

DOI

https://doi-org.antioch.idm.oclc.org/10.1177/1523422311436303

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