The LEAD Program

June 2017

Gender in Leadership: Part 5

Lessons of Leadership in the Multicultural Environment

“Social capital theory assumes that a person’s family, friends, and associates constitute an important asset that can be capitalized in times of need, leveraged for capital gain, or enjoyed purely for the human interaction it affords” (Alfred &Nanton, 2009, p. 5). Mother Teresa had a very powerful network through using her communication skills and emotional intelligence skills. Consequently, she applied the theory of social capital in all her missionary services across different cultures which lead to very successful service centers all over the world. By applying this to the business environment, the productivity will increase due to better connections between people in the workplace through the network and increase one’s sense of personal identity. “Advocates of social capital theory promote the view that building relations and participating in the right networks increase one’s sense of personal identity” (Alfred &Nanton, 2009, p. 5).

Proposal to Increase the Number of Women in Executive Positions

“We should interrogate the ways by which traditional theories of social capital treat women as a nongendered group and places them un-problematically at the center of community life” (Alfred &Nanton, 2009, p. 8). In many cultures they deal with women as second grade creatures although they have the same powers and skills of leadership as men leaders. “Women’s attention to structural changes enhancing the work family interface and a more gender blind evaluation of qualifications can open the doors to allow more women entrants into the race for future leadership positions”(Wren, 1995, p. 167). Consequently, a proposal to increase the number of women in executive positions is to allow both men and women to grapple seriously with the impact of a changing society on the different organizations in different cultures by providing orientation and teaching programs about the powerful leadership capabilities of women. Additionally, to provide opportunities for the most qualified, of either sex, to apply their talents and energies to the leadership of the public and private institutions.

Gender in Leadership Case Study
Fr. Tadros Hirmina
St.Peter Seal of the Martyrs, Coptic Orthodox Church, West Palm Beach, Florida.
Palm Beach Atlantic University
LDR 5044-30W
Professor Carmela Nanton

Continued in July 2017…

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