Narrating Gendered Leadership
Source of Publication
Women in Academic Leadership: Professional Strategies, Personal Choices
Story: A few months after assuming my first university leadership position, I attended what I was told was an important professional meeting-a place where critical networking occurs. The conference began with a reception, and as I entered the room I noticed that most attendees were men who seemed to know one another already and formed conversation groups in closed circles. I saw a woman standing near the buffet; she was alone and occupying herself by selecting and slowly nibbling vegetables while she scanned the dynamics in the room. I recognized her from presentations she had given at other meetings, and as I walked in her direction, she offered a welcoming smile. Having attended these meetings before, she pointed out various people who were current or emerging powerbrokers in the group. As we chatted, another woman entered the room. “That’s Marleen,” the woman said, explaining that Marleen was dean at a major university and served on a number of important boards and committees. We watched as Marleen punctured and joined the closed circles.
Tarule, Jill Mattuck; Applegate, Jane Henry; Earley, Penelope M.; and Blackwell, Peggy J., "Narrating Gendered Leadership" (2023). All Works. 6024.
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