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Adm. Sci. 2017, 7(2), 18; doi:10.3390/admsci7020018

Rethinking Women’s Leadership Development: Voices from the Trenches

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Experience-Based Learning & Career Education, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH 45220, USA
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Design Impact, Cincinnati, OH 45202, USA
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Academic Excellence and Support Services, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH 45220, USA
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Academic Editors: Karen Jones, Arta Ante, Karen A. Longman and Robyn Remke
Received: 16 January 2017 / Revised: 10 May 2017 / Accepted: 12 May 2017 / Published: 31 May 2017
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Abstract

As recent graduates of a women’s-only leadership development program in higher education in the United States, we used autoethnography as a research methodology to provide critical insight into effective women’s leadership programming and evaluation. The potential of this methodology as both a learning process and product helped elucidate two key findings: (1) to effectively develop women leaders, work must be done at the personal, interpersonal, and organizational levels, as these levels are interrelated and interdependent; and (2) women’s multiple identities must be engaged. Therefore, relationship-building should be a central learning outcome and facilitated through program curricula, pedagogical methods, and evaluation. Including autoethnography as a program evaluation methodology fills a gap in the literature on leadership development, and supports our goal of making meaning of our personal experiences in order to enhance women’s leadership development. View Full-Text
Keywords: women’s leadership; leadership program evaluation; gender equity; intersectionality; identity; higher education; career advancement women’s leadership; leadership program evaluation; gender equity; intersectionality; identity; higher education; career advancement
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Selzer, R.; Howton, A.; Wallace, F. Rethinking Women’s Leadership Development: Voices from the Trenches. Adm. Sci. 2017, 7, 18.

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