chapter  1
Introduction to Asian women leadership
WithChin-Chung Chao, Louisa Ha
Pages 6

Although leadership is a global phenomenon, in the past few decades the study of leadership has been primarily western-oriented. As Hofstede put it, Eurocentrism is still a permeated ideology around the world and in every field of study. Since Eurocentricity has been recognized as a normal expression of culture globally and may deny or degrade other cultural perspectives, leadership studies on non-western cultures are greatly needed. In addition, the world has witnessed the rise of Asian societies as economic powerhouses in the last decades. The economic growth in this region has spurred unprecedented exchange and contact with the rest of the world, not only in travel, civic activities, and education but also in politics, religion, commerce, and management. The rapid increase in intercultural contact with Asian countries presents an urgent need for a better understanding of Asian management and leadership across sectors and cultures. With better education, women play an increasingly important role in leadership, and have career aspirations. The global #MeToo and women power movements also push the need for understanding the merits and limitations of women leadership. Therefore, this book aims to serve as an invitation for more culturally conscious discussions about women leadership in general and Asian women leadership across sectors in particular.