Catherine Chege, Ph.D. is a 2022 graduate of the PHD Program in Leadership and Change at Antioch University.
Catherine Chege at her Dissertation Defense.
From L-R: Dr. Lize Booysen, Committee Chair, Dr. Elizabeth Holloway, Committee Member, Dr. Faith Ngunjiri, Committee Member.
- Lize Booysen, DBL, Committee Chair
- Elizabeth Holloway, Ph.D., Committee Member
- Faith Wambura Ngunjiri, Ph.D., Committee Member
leadership, emergent leadership, maternal, maternal influence, maternalism, narrative inquiry
This qualitative research aimed to study the experiences of Kenyan female leaders and explore Kenyan maternal influence in their lived experiences. It examined how maternal influence shapes female leadership in Kenya by embodying relational and transformational leadership qualities and proves that maternal influence makes women congruent with leadership roles. Despite global advances recognizing the principle of women’s political, economic, and social equality, Kenyan women continue to be marginalized in many areas of society, especially in leadership and decision making. Kenyan women also continue to rank very low in their communities’ social hierarchy, yet they play a critical role in their homes and societies and deserve attention as leaders beyond the nurture and childbearing topics. One-on-one interviews were used in a narrative inquiry approach and a constructivist worldview; this research developed an understanding of Kenyan maternal influence and constructed the meaning of its role within female leadership in Kenya. The analysis of the interview transcriptions revealed 12 significant traits in the participants’ perceptions of their early leadership development, as observed from their mothers. Mothers are indirect leadership scholars in a patriarchal institution that is oppressive to women. Central to this research is recognizing that mothers and daughters benefit when the mother lives her life and practices mothering from a position of authority, authenticity, and autonomy. This dissertation is available in open access at AURA (https://aura.antioch.edu) and OhioLINK ETD Center (https://etd.ohiolink.edu).
Chege, C. (2022). Mothers Leading by Example: Maternal Influence on Female Leadership in Kenya. https://aura.antioch.edu/etds/880
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