Chapter 26

Women in the Lead

Marian N. Ruderman

In This Chapter

  • The context, choices, and challenges women leaders face in organizations.
  • Five themes influencing the development of women leaders.
  • Principles of development: assessment, challenge, support, and reward.
  • Actions organizations can take to develop women leaders.


Although there have always been women in positions of leadership, the trend has accelerated in recent times. Between 1972 and 2002, the proportion of women employed as managers in the United States grew substantially, from 19.7 to 45.9 percent (Monthly Labor Review 2003). Although the U.S. Census Bureau (2007) has modified ...

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