PPS 140S.01 – WOMEN AS LEADERS
The title of this course is so obvious, and yet it is not. This is a class about women and leadership, but what does that mean?
We will explore a dynamic framework for analyzing leadership where leading is not restricted to “born leaders,” but is seen as an amalgam of accessible elements that include one’s situation, sense of purpose, orientation to results, authenticity, courage and self-awareness.
We will discuss women as leaders in society—primarily in the United States, but also in international contexts. Although women have made broad strides, there is still subtle—and sometimes not so subtle—evidence that barriers continue for women in leadership roles. We will ask the question – thirty years after women became the majority of college graduates in the U.S., why are only 3% of Fortune 500 CEO’s women? And while women have made great progress in developing public personas and attaining elected office, why are so few of our senior officeholders women? We will explore root causes for these leadership roadblocks, not to complain, but to move past and generate ideas for solutions.
Throughout the course, we will investigate individual stories of women leaders to more deeply understand leadership theory in action and gender differences in leadership. We will read case studies and biographies, view documentaries, and engage women leaders in frank conversation as we work to refine our insights about these complex issues.
[Areas of Knowledge: SS]