The Handbook of Research on Gender and Leadership

by Edited by Susan R. Madsen

Anyone seeking to help women leaders develop their skills and capabilities to the fullest will benefit enormously from this book. By gathering the best current research on women’s leadership and organizing it as a Handbook, Susan Madsen has done women — and the world — a great service.”

~ Sally Helgesen, Author, The Female Vision, The Female Advantage, The Web of Inclusion

“Susan Madsen, the editor of this volume, is on the cutting edge of all recent scholarly work on gender and leadership. No surprise, then, that this edited collection of original essays in a must-read — no, a must own — for anyone with an enduring interest in the subjects of women and power, women and authority, and women and influence. The book as twenty-seven different chapters, which means it roams far and wide, though not at the expense of depth. These are highly accomplished essays by highly accomplished contributors, which is precisely why the book is indispensable. Indispensable especially now, when questions that we thought, perhaps foolishly, were almost settled, palpably are not. Why in the second decade of the twenty-first century are so many men still at the top? Why in the second decade of the twenty-first century are so few women in leadership roles? Why some forty years after the inception of the leadership industry to answers to questions about gender and power remain still so elusive?”

~ Barbara Kellerman, Harvard Kennedy School, US


Women and Leadership Around the World

by Susan R. Madsen, Faith Wambura Ngunjiri, Karen A. Longman, & Cynthia Cherrey (Editors)

“The authors of this third volume in the book series sponsored by the International Leadership Association, Women & Leadership: Research, Theory, and Practice, dispel any such simplistic beliefs that women’s progress in occupying powerful leader roles is uniform across nations. In presenting analyses of gender and leadership from widely varying cultural perspectives, this book reveals the heterogeneity of these phenomena around the world. Its chapters help fill a gap in knowledge that has arisen because much of the relevant scientific literature, as well as the writing directed to the general public, derive from North American and European experiences. . . Writers and scholars who address these leadership issues can start to overcome cultural limitations by studying the chapters of Women and Leadership Around the World.”

~Alice H. Eagly, top women and leadership scholar, Northwestern University


Women as Global Leaders

by Faith Wambura Ngunjiri & Susan R. Madsen (Editors)

“The study of women as global leaders is in its infancy. So while the editors of this volume are to be congratulated for taking on so ambitious a task, we should make no mistake. The study of leadership is a challenge that is ongoing. The study of women and leadership is a challenge that is ongoing. And the study of leadership in the global system is a challenge that also is ongoing. What this means is that when you lash the three together—when the subject at hand is women as global leaders—you are setting the bar extremely high. You are taking a path as yet largely uncharted, which is precisely why this book is as intrepid as it is important.”

~Barbara Kellerman, Harvard University


Women and Leadership in Higher Education

by Karen A. Longman & Susan R. Madsen (Editors)

“As a leadership scholar who has had a front row seat to the evolution of the leadership field for over fifty years, I want to say “thank you” to the International Leadership Association (ILA) for supporting this new “Women and Leadership” book series. The focus on higher education in launching the series is both timely and critical. Those involved in higher education, and particularly those who lead institutions of higher education, shape the future in ways that directly influence the vitality and well-being of the United States and our world. Best wishes as the ILA book series begins to influence both theorists and practitioners to advance a broader and better understanding of the contributors to effective leadership. If this first book in the ILA book series on women and leadership is any indication of what is to follow, I can’t wait to read the entire series!”

~Warren Bennis, University Professor and Distinguished Professor of Business Administration at USC.
Author of over 30 books on leadership and change.
His latest is: Still Surprised: A Memoir of a Life in Leadership.


Learning from the Experiences of Women Governors

by Susan R. Madsen

“In a time when Hilary Clinton created “18 million cracks in the glass ceiling,” this book is a valuable resource for any leaders in any sector. It will be of special interest for women hoping to assume political leadership. The irony is that the book leads them to understand that wanting to be governor isn’ t the first step. Before that comes service, learning from everyone one works or volunteers with, relentless self-examination, taking opportunities to serve and learn, and staying focused on needed changes. Then leadership opportunities may be many. Madsen admirably describes what was and is essential to any kind of political leadership.”

~Reba L. Keele, professor emerita, University of Utah

“If you want to develop your leadership skills, read Developing Leadership: Learning from the Experiences of Women Governors. Drawing on the personal stories and experiences of some of America’s most effective leaders, Dr. Madsen’s book teaches all of us that becoming a leader is about becoming an integrated human being. This book reminds us that our past journey prepares us for our leadership callings in the world. This is a truly inspirational book that I will share with my daughters, sister, mother, students, colleagues, and clients.”

~Kathi Tunheim, president, Tunheim Leadership Group

“This book shares a grassroots look at the critical factors that have influenced ten of our past and current prominent female leaders in government today. By reflecting on the past experiences of these women, Dr. Madsen captures the key development influences in these women’ s lives, making them understandable and useable in our roles as mentors to the young women of today. This book changed the way I view myself as an individual, a mentor, and a mother and provided great insight into how I have developed throughout my life and how I affect others.”

~Shauna Peterson, mother, teacher, and community volunteer


On Becoming a Women Leader: Learning from the Experiences of University Presidents

by Susan R. Madsen

“Through their own words, Susan Madsen illuminates the developmental experiences of my generation of women leaders in higher education. Her groundbreaking scholarship and insight ensure that this book will be valuable, not only within higher education, but to all who influence girls and women to make a difference in our world.”

~BLENDA J. WILSON, former president/CEO, Nellie Mae Education Foundation, and former president, California State University, Northridge

“Many lament the dearth of women in senior leadership positions. Madsen’ s research on women university presidents provides practical insights into how they evolved into those roles. More important, this provides a remarkable blueprint for any woman who aspires to follow in their tracks. This combination of clinical and empirical research makes a valued contribution to the literature of leaders.”

~JACK ZENGER, CEO, Zenger-Folkman and coauthor, The Extraordinary Leader: Turning Good Managers into Great Leaders

“Through intimate conversations with these extraordinary women leaders, Madsen has illuminated the enduring, timeless, and essential character of all good leaders—both men and women. I hope their stories will help us reclaim these traits in this time when so many institutions are adrift with leaders and policy makers who have lost their way.”

~MARGARET J. WHEATLEY, author, Leadership in the New Science and Finding Our Way: Leadership for an Uncertain Time

“For any woman who wants to become, serve, or understand a top leader in higher education, this book both analyzes past research and creates new data based on interviews with ten women who are university presidents. It offers a unique roadmap of tips, insights, and reflections to advance the next wave of women leaders devoted to making things better on their campuses.”

~MARY DEE WENNIGER, editor and publisher, Women in Higher Education newsletter