Perspectives on Leadership from Belizean Women

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This study explores higher education Belizean women leaders’ experiences for trends of globalization and greater female presence in executive leadership. The study integrates transformational leadership and learning to identify how women leaders in higher education cope with changes, turning points, etc. across their careers. The extensive interview data reveal the need to question culture-bounded assumptions regarding success and leadership in international and cross-cultural contexts of ACHE. Critical themes explored include transformational leadership roots and development, transformative learning experiences in leadership development and the transnational experiences of women leaders in Belize. By exploring these successful leaders emerging from Belizean middle class culture, a discussion of leadership models, cross-context applications and research methodologies unfold. This research study revealed that almost all of the participants were transnationals. In an increasingly global society, this is a relevant trend not often addressed in leadership development. Future research topics regarding ACHE leadership, transnational students, and TL research also emerge.

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Presented at the Midwest Research to Practice Conference in Adult, Continuing, and Community Education on September 27, 2012 in Edmond, OK