Pub. date: 2010 | Online Pub. Date: October 18, 2010 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412979344 | Print ISBN: 9781412960830 | Online ISBN: 9781412979344| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this handbook
Chapter 43: Overview: Women Leaders in the Business and Profit Sector
Overview: Women leaders in the business and profit sector Women have been leading in the business and for-profit sector for longer than our memories and possibly our history can accurately account. This chapter starts, necessarily, with definitions. Leadership is the process whereby an individual influences a group of other individuals to find and/or achieve a common goal. The processes are inherently behavioral although they derive from individual, cultural, and social cognitions (which include values, scripts, intentions, and other expectations). Leaders require a repertoire of individual competencies, or human capital, that include skills, abilities, self-concepts, and intellectual, social, emotional, and practical intelligence as well as motivation to lead. In addition, leaders also bring their social capital (relationships that they can draw upon for support, information, and access to other people and networks). Thus the specific acts of a leader (e.g., communicating and executing a specific decision) derive from her human and ...