This book focuses on the increase in female leadership over the last fifty years, and the concrete benefits and challenges this leads to in organizations. It moves beyond the typical focus on developed, Western contexts and answers the call for research on how women in emerging markets rise above the proverbial “glass ceiling”.

The authors integrate two underdeveloped topics that are highly relevant to modern business: women in leadership roles, and women in emerging markets. They examine how women leaders in a range of professional services—including accounting, consulting, law, engineering and medicine—have managed to navigate their careers while considering the role emerging markets play in their work. Based on cutting-edge research, the topics are brought to life through examples and profiles of leading women across Africa, the Middle East and the Far East. These narratives, told in the leaders’ own words, are key to understanding women’s achievements and the barriers they face.

Students of leadership, diversity, gender studies, and human resource management will learn much from this insightful book.

chapter 1|31 pages

Macro-level perspective on women’s leadership

ByShireen Chengadu, Pravina Makan-Lakha

chapter 2|33 pages

Leadership in context

ByCaren Scheepers

chapter 3|40 pages

Women’s movements in emerging markets

ByCaren Scheepers, Hema Parbhoo, Sonja Swart, Kelly Alexander

chapter 4|33 pages

Women leaders in education

BySunny Stout-Rostron

chapter 5|26 pages

Institution-level interventions in women’s leadership

ByDesray Clark, Verity Hawarden

chapter 6|30 pages

Workplace barriers faced by women leaders in emerging markets

ByJasmien Khattab, Ashleigh Shelby Rosette

chapter 7|22 pages

Women’s leadership in entrepreneurial contexts

ByYogavelli Nambiar, Renuka Methil

chapter 8|28 pages

Women in professional services

ByCecily Carmona

chapter 9|16 pages

Women’s leadership in corporate enterprises

ByMaxine Jaffit, Kelly Alexander

chapter 10|23 pages

Women on boards

ByShirley Zinn, Mpho Nkeli, Cecily Carmona, Hema Parbhoo

chapter 11|26 pages


ByCaren Scheepers, Shireen Chengadu, Kerry-Lee Durrant