This study explores the influence that mothers of Mexican female transforming leaders have had in the development of their daughters. The interest in this theme arose from the researcher's experience as an educator plus her perception of the changes in the role of women in Mexico.
Using a qualitative methodology with a phenomenological-heuristic approach, the researcher interviewed 10 Mexican women identified as transforming leaders in their community and obtained data that demonstrates that their mothers possessed aspirations for themselves and a desire for their daughters to be successful through education. They influenced their daughters to become socially-responsible adults through participation in community activities. These mothers trusted their daughters' abilities and promoted their independence by challenging them to think for themselves and not conform to situations, which required changes to their beliefs. The subjects described their mothers as role models who inspired them through their strength, discipline, and values. These elements seemed to have contributed to the education of the women interviewed who become outstanding change agents in their communities through achievements such as creating shelters for battered women, promoting laws that support women's rights, participating actively in the creation of a more democratic Mexico, supporting educational institutions and the integration of services for the handicapped, improving the quality of life through the arts, and successfully holding executive positions in organizations which provide more job opportunities for all.
A coincidental, yet important finding of this study was that the mothers of the study's subjects were most likely transforming leaders themselves. The formation of a leader is a complex, non-linear and on-going process, and its understanding should be sought and analyzed from many angles. This study taps into the roots found in the mother-daughter relationship providing the possibility to apply a psychodynamic approach to leadership.
|Advisor:||Davis, Kay, DePorres, Daphne|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||DAI-A 68/10, Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Womens studies, Families & family life, Personal relationships, Sociology|
|Keywords:||Female leaders, Leadership, Mexico, Mother-daughter relationship, Mothers, Parenting, Transforming leaders, Women leaders|
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