The leadership challenge: Reconciling the place of the feminine as the road to sustainability

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Title: The leadership challenge: Reconciling the place of the feminine as the road to sustainability
Year: 2009
Authors: Piterman, H.

I'm delighted to be here in Toledo and am honoured to be able to present my paper "The leadership challenge: reconciling the place of the feminine as the road to sustainability." I'll be presenting the findings of a research study I undertook, "The Leadership Challenge: Women in Management of the experience of leadership of men and women in Australia's corporate, government and higher education sectors." The study's particular focus was on the barriers to the representation of women at senior executive levels - a copy of which I have available for your perusal. Eighteen organisations participated in the study and I conducted 115 interviews with men and women in those organisations. I look forward to sharing my research findings and engaging with you in the subsequent discussion.

My approach today is to begin by outlining the business context in which my research was undertaken. I draw on my findings and more general research evidence to reflect on the relationship between the exclusion of the feminine, and primitive and destructive organisation cultures. And I draw on psychoanalytic concepts to unpack observations I make and to provide a framework for thinking about sustainability in organisations and society.

Keywords: leadership challenge, feminine, sustainability, women, management
Language: English

Date: 6/22/2009
Location: Toledo, Spain
Name of Event/Conference: 26th Annual Meeting of the International Society for the Psychoanalytic Study of Organizations
Sponsoring Organization: ISPSO

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Elizabeth Novogratz

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