Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Burden of leadership: Re-envisioning the glass ceiling based on constructs of race, gender, and ethnicity
by Witherspoon, Dorothy A., Ph.D., University of Phoenix, 2009, 233; 3401628
Abstract (Summary)

This qualitative, phenomenological study re-envisions the glass ceiling based on constructs of race, gender, and ethnicity. The study explores the experiences and perceptions of 26 women and minority Federal government senior executives regarding the glass ceiling phenomenon in the government’s Senior Executive Service (SES) leadership corps. The study included a modified van Kaam method of analysis by Moustakas (1994) to explore and describe the glass ceiling, and implications for career advancement. A diverse group of participants representing African-American, American Indian/Alaskan Native, Asian, and Hispanic males and females participated in semi-structured audio-taped and transcribed telephone interviews. A preponderance of extant studies on the glass ceiling omits the experiences of minority men and women or considers minority groups as an afterthought. Caucasian women were also included in the study group to obtain a holistic view of how the glass ceiling is perceived in the Federal government. A burden-of-leadership theoretical framework developed by the researcher conceptualized multifaceted complexities in the glass ceiling phenomenon. The research is important given current workforce diversity and future workforce trends, which makes it imperative that the face of leadership in the Federal government reflect the face of America (Naff, 2001).

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Allison, Randal S.
School: University of Phoenix
School Location: United States -- Arizona
Source: DAI-A 71/03, Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Management, Public administration, Gender studies
Keywords: Career advancement, Executive leadership, Federal government, Gender, Glass ceiling, Minorities, Senior Executive Service
Publication Number: 3401628
ISBN: 9781109689525
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