The purpose of this qualitative narrative inquiry study was to research and explore how African American, female veteran officers in the United States (U.S.) Army experienced leadership opportunities ranks of Captain or above in leadership positions. This study evaluated data from eight African American female, veteran officers in the U.S. Army. Participants shared their perceptions through interviews and open-ended questions. The general research question was: How did African American, female veteran officers experience leadership opportunities in the U.S. Army? Seven themes emerged from the interviews: (1) Definition of leadership opportunities, (2) Encouragement for competing, (3) Exceed expectations, (4) Overcoming leadership obstacles, (5) Gender and race, (6) Impact of networking and mentoring, and (7) Respecting African American women as leaders. The eight African American, female veteran officers were interviewed in one-on-one Skype interviews. Using the qualitative narrative inquiry approach to research provided a way to view individual experiences and views in a more in-depth and detailed manner. Participants shared the opinions and experiences noting that African American, female officers have opportunities. However, opportunities are limited due to a lack of mentoring, networking, and senior leadership perceptions that African American may not be qualified to move into many leadership positions. Therefore, participants experience limited opportunities. The findings in this study demonstrate that mentors are essential in opportunities for African American females seeking opportunities in to senior level positions in the U.S. Army. The conceptual framework was the Leader-Member Exchange Theory.
|Commitee:||Hayes-Burrell, Ingrid, Underwood, Kimberly|
|School:||University of Phoenix|
|Department:||School of Advanced Studies|
|School Location:||United States -- Arizona|
|Source:||DAI-A 81/2(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Management, Womens studies, Military studies|
|Keywords:||Competing, Exceed expectations, Leadership obstacles, Leadership opportunities, Networking and mentoring, Respected as leaders|
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