2011
Author: 
Ely, R. J., Ibarra, H. & Kolb, D. M.
Publisher: 
Academy of Management Learning & Education, 10 (3)
Pages: 
19
Type: 
Report
Area of focus: 
Leadership

Based on their experience with designing and implementing women's leadership programmes (WLP), the authors present a wide-ranging global overview of research and theory on the subjects of leadership development as "identity work", where one creates and internalises a leader identity, and of the impediments that unconscious bias presents to women within organisations.

The authors present illustrations of how a WLP can reinterpret several standard leadership topics in light of such bias, and provide strategies for aspiring female leaders. Principles are defined to guide women's leadership education, and the implications of the identified biases for leadership theory and education in general are discussed.