Women and Authentic Leadership: Moving Through Cultural Barriers to Facilitate Positive Change

@ ILA 20th Anniversary Global Conference “Authentic Leadership for Progress, Peace & Prosperity “

24-27 October 2018, West Palm Beach. FL, USA



Like other leaders, women are challenged to be authentic leaders, but often do not appear as leaders in the same way as men. This panel gathers three senior leaders from different parts of the world: United States, Japan, and the Europe Union, to share their research and experience in how authentic leadership builds legitimacy for women in (or aiming at) leadership while being a catalyst for positive change across cultural barriers:

Joanne Barnes, Dean, Graduate School, Indiana Wesleyan University
Takako Butler, Senior Manager Management at ITOCHU Automobile (a Fortune 500 company in Japan)
Claudia de Castro Caldeirinha, Senior Leadership Advisor, Author, Director of RedScope Consulting

This panel provides a dialogue on (i) women’s authentic leadership in different countries/regions; (ii) how this authenticity can be used to make progress across cultural barriers, and (iii) open space for women’s access to and effectiveness as leaders.

As some women see success in support roles, they are often called upon to follow the leadership behaviors of the organization and its male leaders. However, recent studies have shown that “it’s time for a new style of leadership, for businesses to move away from the traditional ‘alpha male’ approach” (Grant Thorton, 2016, p. 14). Today’s VUCA (volatile, unpredictable, complex and ambiguous) world and the pace of change are inviting leaders to move towards a leadership that emphasizes building the leader’s legitimacy through genuine and honest relationships and the respect of ethical foundations.

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