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Female leadership styles in Fijian social enterprises

Eti-Tofinga, Buriata and Douglas, Heather and Singh, Gurmeet (2016) Female leadership styles in Fijian social enterprises. [Conference Proceedings]

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          Abstract

          This paper reports the preliminary results of a study examining the contextual effects on female leaders of Fijian social enterprises. Drawing on accounts of practice described by four female leaders, we find leadership in these social enterprises is oriented towards social inclusion, helping, complying and instruction. Female leadership in this context is influenced by Fijian societal norms and practices in a traditional patriarchal society that is undergoing institutional change in relation to gender development. To achieve specific goals, these four leaders combine different forms of leadership which correspond to Goleman’s (2000) democratic, affiliative, coercive and authoritative approaches. We propose this hybrid style of leadership represents acceptable ways of leading as it is consistent with Fijian societal norms, yet female leadership is likely to adjust as these norms change over time.

          Item Type: Conference Proceedings
          Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
          Divisions: Faculty of Business and Economics (FBE) > School of Management and Public Administration
          Depositing User: Gurmeet Singh
          Date Deposited: 23 May 2016 15:17
          Last Modified: 06 Jun 2018 11:39
          URI: http://repository.usp.ac.fj/id/eprint/8892
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