The Book Series: Women & Leadership


The International Leadership Association's cross-disciplinary series, Women & Leadership: Research, Theory, and Practice, draws from current research findings, development practices, pedagogy, and lived experience to deliver provocative thinking that enhances leadership knowledge and practice. Each volume dives into a different topic pertaining to women and leadership, encouraging readers to take part in improving the development of women's leadership around the world. Currently, the ILA offers five volumes, which are listed below. Forthcoming volumes include: Volume 6: Gender, Communication, and the Leadership Gap; Volume 7: More Women on Boards of Directors: An International Perspective; and Volume 8: Advancing Women in Leadership: Shaping Pathways in the Political Arena.

The Women & Leadership: Research, Theory, and Practice book series is published in partnership with Information Age Publishing. Series editors are Susan Madsen, Karen Longman, and Faith Wambura Ngunjiri.

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The Women & Leadership: Research, Theory, and Practice book series can be purchased at a discounted price when you register for the Women in Leadership conference. Or, at your favorite online bookstore.


Women & Leadership in Higher EducationWomen & Leadership in Higher Education is the first volume in ILA's series, Women & Leadership: Research, Theory, and Practice. This 15-chapter volume links theory, research, and practice of women's leadership in various higher education contexts and offers suggestions for future leadership development strategies. Focusing particularly within the context of the United States, this volume presents both hard facts regarding the current demographic realities within higher education and fresh thinking about how progress can and must be made in order for U.S. higher education to benefit from the perspectives of women at the senior leadership table.

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Women as Global LeadersWomen as Global Leaders, the second volume in the series, provides reader with current conceptualizations and theory related to women as global leaders, recent empirical investigations of the phenomenon, analysis of effective global leadership development programs, and portraits of women who lead, or have led, in a global role. Global leadership is a small, but growing field of research responding to the increasingly complex, globalized world we lead in. Within this nascent field, the study and development of women global leaders is even smaller. This book takes a step toward filling that gap.

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Women and Leadership around the WorldWomen and Leadership Around the World, the third volume in the series, explores areas of women's leadership in four regions around the world: the Middle East, Europe, North America, and Asia Pacific. Throughout 14 chapters, the book discusses women's experiences as leaders, stories of influential women leaders within national and/or local spheres of influence, and recent research studies, analysis, and interpretation of statistics unpacking the status of women in various sectors and countries. Problematizing and historicizing women's limited access to power, the authors offer recommendations for positive change to increase women's access to positions of authority.

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Gender, Media, and Organization: Challenging Mis(s)Representations of Women Leaders and ManagersGender, Media, and Organization: Challenging Mis(s)Representations of Women Leaders and Managers, the fourth volume in the series, addresses the lack of critical attention in leadership research on how women leaders and professionals are represented in the media. Drawing from multiple sources, this volume describes and makes visible women's mis(s)representations in the media while drawing attention to the importance of situating these mis(s)representations in the broader social, economic, historical, cultural, and political context. This focus, presented through a range of empirical investigations and methodological approaches, contributes to social change, equality, and economic performance by raising consciousness about women's lack of representation.

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Theorizing Women and Leadership: New Insights and Contributions from Multiple PerspectivesTheorizing Women and Leadership: New Insights and Contributions from Multiple Perspectives is the fifth volume in the series. The purpose is to provide a forum for women to theorize about women's leadership in multiple ways and in multiple contexts. Not only does this volume provide readers interesting new ideas about women and leadership, but it also highlights the diverse epistemologies that can contribute to theorizing about women leaders. This volume contributes to this discussion by offering a diverse array of perspectives and ways of knowing about leadership and leading.

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Forthcoming Volumes:

Volume 6: Gender, Communication, and the Leadership Gap

Volume 7: More Women on Boards of Directors: An International Perspective

Volume 8: Advancing Women in Leadership: Shaping Pathways in the Political Arena

Meet the Authors!

Meet the authors of the Women & Leadership book series at ILA's 3rd Biennial Women and Leadership Conference. The following authors will be present:

Laura L. Bierema Julia Storberg-Walker Maylon Hanold
S. Lynn Shollen Constance Campbell Chrys Egan (Conference Co-Chair)
Wendy Fox Kirk Marlene Janzen Le Ber Lynne E. Devnew
Ann M. Berghout Chanda D. Elbert Denise Bauer
Michelle O. Taylor Joanne Barnes Dionne M. Rosser-Mims (Conference Co-Chair)
Mary Ellen Kassotakis Judith S. White Barbara Kellerman (Power Panel)
Catherine Etmanski