Education of women in leadership: learning the new role of political candidate

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Ashton Wheeler Clemmons (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Kathy Hytten

Abstract: Women are underrepresented in leadership across all sectors of our society – education, business, non-profits, and politics – leading to inequitable representation and inadequate outcomes. In order to recruit and retain more women in leadership, we need to better understand the experiences of women in new leadership roles. In this basic qualitative study, I used triangulated data from a journal analysis, interviews, and document analysis to examine the experiences of first-time female candidates for state legislative races during the 2018 election cycle. I examine why women chose the new leadership role including personal factors, outside factors that encouraged their decision, and the hurdles they had to overcome. I then explored what lessons women learned – lessons about themselves, politics, specific skills and people – and how they learned those lessons – from others, through experiences, and within formal learning structures. Finally, I share recommendations for other women preparing for this new leadership role, including talking to other women who served in the role, developing specific skills, and preparing for personal impact. The results demonstrate the importance of connecting women considering a new leadership role with other women currently serving in the role and with other women who are undertaking a similar role at the same time.

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Language: English
Date: 2019
Education, Learning New Role, Politics, Women Leadership
Leadership in women
Women political candidates
Women politicians

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