Women leaders explore personal and professional growth through reflection and story
Leading While Female means working with female and male colleagues who are grounded in values for equity to confront and close the gender equity gap. This guided reflection is both a stand-alone book and a companion to the bestselling Leading While Female: A Culturally Proficient Response to Gender Equity.
Combining the first-hand experiences of female leaders with research on feminism, intersectionality, and leadership, Arriaga, Stanley, and Lindsey support readers to explore their personal and professional cultural proficiencies. Readers will find:
- support to identify barriers and formulate methods to overcome them,
- opportunities to record their experiences following a narrative protocol for their Stormy First Draft (SFD), a writing experience derived from nine chapters of guided reflective journal entries,
- leadership stories and figures to provide guidance and illustrate the need for gender equity, and
- opportunities for males who are mentors and allies to dismantle gender bias.
Data show women are doing the work of classroom teaching while disproportionately, men are making leadership decisions. This interactive resource supports women leaders to interrupt current dominant narratives with their own stories of challenges and success.
Many of the stories in this journal, shared with us by our female sisters in leadership, illustrate the power of myths, biases, imposter syndrome, stereotypes, and gender inequities. As we read the stories of others and contemplate our own, this journal provides the counternarrative, a different story for emerging female leaders. Download this free sample to reflect on your own leadership story.