Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Exploring Competencies of Female Leaders in the Workplace: The Influence of Athletics
by Ferullo, Leah Marie, Ed.D., University of Massachusetts Lowell, 2019, 230; 22620468
Abstract (Summary)

Women in the United States continue to struggle with barriers that impede their ability to obtain executive level jobs in the corporate world. The persistence of gender stereotypes, more specifically, agentic penalty and agentic deficiency, prevent the majority of women from advancing to leadership positions once they have entered the workforce. Women hold almost 52% of all professional level jobs, yet only account for 14.6% of executive positions.

A shared distinction among women who overcome workplace obstacles to progress from entry level to top executive positions appears to be involvement in athletics. This study sought to identify the competencies that aided former collegiate-level female athletes to succeed in leadership roles in the workplace and assisted them in overcoming gender bias roadblocks. It also aimed to uncover the role that self-efficacy plays in inspiring women to believe that they can succeed in achieving leadership status. Findings from this study provide educational stakeholders with strategies to create opportunities for adolescent females to develop the competencies essential to navigating bias and attaining leadership success in the workplace. Findings also inform future research in regard to the concept of the “athletic mindset.”

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Szczesiul, Stacy
Commitee: Lohmeier, Jill, Haynes-Baratz, Michelle
School: University of Massachusetts Lowell
Department: Leadership in Schooling
School Location: United States -- Massachusetts
Source: DAI-A 81/4(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Educational leadership, Educational psychology
Keywords: Adolescent education, Athletic competencies, Bias in the workplace, Female leadership, Gender bias, Leadership competencies
Publication Number: 22620468
ISBN: 9781687938848
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