By Dr. Lisa DeFrank-Cole

& Dr. Sherylle J. Tan

Women and Leadership: Journey Toward Equity

While women in the United States account for nearly half the workforce, they continue to encounter unique personal, social, and structural dynamics as leaders. Authors Lisa DeFrank Cole and Sherylle J. Tan explore these dynamics and more in Women and Leadership: Journey Towards Equity.  Grounded in leadership theory and research, this text delves into the barriers and challenges women face on their leadership journeys, including stereotypes, bias, inequality, discrimination, and domestic responsibilities.  The text includes several chapters devoted to strategies and tools for overcoming obstacles, creating structural change, and moving towards greater equity.

“DeFrank-Cole and Tan have, again, successfully collaborated to expand and enhance the literature on women and leadership. Their prose is entirely user-friendly, and their presentation unfailingly clear and cogent. Women and Leadership: Journey Toward Equity is strongly recommended as a fundamental text for all leader learners – especially but not exclusively those focused on diversity and inclusion.” 

Barbara Kellerman

Lecturer in Public Leadership, Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government

Women and Leadership is an outstanding textbook that provides thorough coverage of relevant research and theory. DeFrank-Cole and Tan analyze the underrepresentation of women in leadership roles throughout society while also addressing the specific challenges experienced by women who differ in race, ethnicity, and other attributes.”

Alice Eagly

Professor of Psychology Emerita, Northwestern University

By Dr. Lisa DeFrank-Cole

& Dr. Sherylle J. Tan

A Research Agenda For Gender and Leadership

With contributions from global leading scholars, this Research Agenda offers an interdisciplinary collection of ideas investigating gender and leadership; where we are today and where we are going.

Using critical perspectives, chapters challenge the way we think about gender and leadership by questioning the status quo. Providing cutting edge discussion from authors of diverse genders, races, ages, ethnicities, and religions, this book provides analysis of the key issues and methodologies in modern leadership research. Forward thinking, it examines current guidelines and provides insight towards an equitable and positive change in leadership.

Leadership scholars and graduate students interested in business leadership as well as gender and management more broadly will find this not only an informative but illuminating read.

‘Once again Sherylle J. Tan and Lisa DeFrank-Cole have made an important contribution to the continuing conversation of gender and leadership. This edited collection pays particular attention to the context within which these discussions are being held, especially the changing conceptions of gender and the changing language around gender. Both require we reconsider how we think about leadership, and followership, in the third decade of the 21st Century.’

Barbara Kellerman

Lecturer in Public Leadership, Harvard University, USA

‘Critical, timely, thoughtful! This entire project gracefully centers the nuances of gender, what it is and isn”t, while artfully exploring leadership at its intersections. Each chapter intentionally disrupts the “story most often told” in leadership–research, development, and practice–and places concerted attention on identities, lived experiences, and perspectives about leadership that have historically not been prioritized. Sherylle J. Tan and Lisa DeFrank-Cole, alongside each chapter author, challenges readers to think beyond the current leadership milieu to imagine, better yet, demand what could be! I am excited for the impact this work will have on the understanding and practice of leadership!’

Natasha Turman

University of Michigan, USA

By Dr. Sherylle J. Tan

& Dr. Lisa DeFrank-Cole 

Women’s Leadership Journeys


Stories, Research, and Novel Perspectives


This volume brings together research from leading scholars with stories from women leaders in diverse sectors to provide insights from their leadership journeys.

The book begins with personal stories of women’s leadership journeys by chief executive officers, a former U.S. Ambassador, a college president, and others. The stories enable readers to make sense of their own leadership journeys by learning about the varied paths to leadership and taking note of key elements such as role transitions, defining moments, identity development, and growth mindsets.

Next, scholars discuss novel research that can guide women in navigating their journeys to leadership, including on followership, competition, representation of women in politics, and the role of biology in leadership.

This must-have volume offers cutting edge perspectives and a guide for women to navigate their own journeys to impactful leadership.

Women’s Leadership Journeys is a treasure trove for women at every level seeking to give scope to their talents and reach their full potential. The honest insights the contributors share about their rich and varied paths to extraordinary success teach a fundamental truth: that resilient women who are mindful of their strengths and unafraid to articulate them––and willing to take risks––can transform organizations, institutions and our common culture.”

Sally Helgesen

Independent practitioner and author of The Female Vision, The Female Advantage, and coauthor of How Women Rise

“Tan and DeFrank-Cole’s edited volume is an essential read for anyone interested in gender and leadership. Its chapters range from women’s stories of their career journeys, to presentations of important studies, to new explanations of why there are too few female leaders.”

Alice H. Eagly

Professor of Psychology Emerita, Northwestern University

“Despite a half century of equal opportunity legislation and initiatives, women’s representation in leadership positions remains anything but equal. This book offers a wide range of important insights about why such underrepresentation is a serious problem, and how we can more effectively address it.”

Deborah L. Rhode

Stanford University