Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Exploring the emerging leadership contexts and labyrinth of obstacles challenging female leaders in community colleges
by Ligeikis, Kelli H., Ed.D., University of Phoenix, 2010, 243; 3405507
Abstract (Summary)

Explored in the qualitative phenomenological study were the potential executive leadership capabilities and attributes for a new fourth generation of emergent female leaders in the 21st century and the organizational and cultural obstacles female executives faced in upward mobility. Sixteen female community college vice presidents in New York State participated in the qualitative investigation. Five major themes emerged from the study related to leadership development and accession strategies within community colleges: (a) preparing for the presidency, (b) leadership trends for the 21st century, (c) a split on perceptions of gender effects, (d) lack of interest in pursuing the presidency, and (e) perceived obstacles affecting female accession. As community college leaders prepare to fill an impending leadership gap predicted for the 21st century (Weisman & Vaughan, 2007), findings from the study may provide insight into understanding the requisite leadership skills, contexts, and obstacles that challenge female executive leaders in accession to higher-level positions within community colleges.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Traynor, Patricia S.
School: University of Phoenix
School Location: United States -- Arizona
Source: DAI-A 71/04, Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Community college education, Educational leadership, Womens studies, Gender studies
Keywords: Accession of women, Community college, Community college leadership, Female leadership, Succession planning, Women administrators
Publication Number: 3405507
ISBN: 978-1-109-71414-2
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