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On becoming a leader in Asia and America : empirical evidence from women managers.

Peus, C. and Braun, S. and Knipfer, K. (2015) 'On becoming a leader in Asia and America : empirical evidence from women managers.', Leadership quarterly., 26 (1). pp. 55-67.


In concordance with recent calls for cross-cultural leadership research as well as research on women leaders, this study investigated how women in Asia and the U.S. become leaders and how they enact their leadership. In-depth interviews with 76 mid- to upper-level female managers in Asia (China, India, Singapore) and the U.S. were conducted. Analyses revealed that a simple dichotomy of “Asian” versus “Western” leadership did not appropriately describe the data. Rather, factors such as achievement orientation, learning orientation, and role models emerged as crucial success factors for advancement to leadership positions across continents. However, the particular meaning differed between countries. Furthermore, with regard to women's leadership style differences between Asian countries were more salient than between Asia and the U.S. Implications for leadership theory and practice are discussed.

Item Type:Article
Keywords:Asia, United States, Leadership, Women managers.
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Publisher statement:© 2015 This manuscript version is made available under the CC-BY-NC-ND 4.0 license
Date accepted:19 August 2014
Date deposited:28 September 2015
Date of first online publication:10 September 2014
Date first made open access:10 March 2016

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