Towards an understanding of leadership development among women

Date of Publication


Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy in Education Major in Educational Leadership and Management

Subject Categories

Educational Administration and Supervision


Br. Andrew Gonzalez FSC College of Education


Educational Leadership and Management

Thesis Adviser

Teresa P. Yasa

Defense Panel Chair

Roland Nino Agoncillo

Defense Panel Member

Jocelyn Cruz
Minie Rose Lapinid
Hans Steven Moran
Maricar Prudente


Women have always been known to have the capacity to lead. However, opportunities for them to take leadership roles have likewise been a challenge. There are always barriers. There are still more opportunities for male in the leadership arena particularly in executive positions. However, research and statistical data have shown that women leadership opportunities have improved and society has become more accepting of women being in the lead. It is in this premise that this study is anchored on: to have an understanding of how women leaders become leaders by coming up with women leadership development framework, which is the main goal of this study.

The study made use of multiple case study research following Eisenhardt framework on theory building. Theoretical sampling was used and six (6) women-leader exemplars who are graduates of women's colleges in Metro Manila were chosen. Interview transcripts and documents pertinent to each of the cases were analysed via within-case and cross-case methods where codes, categories and themes were identified. The study resulted to a leadership development framework of women that is described by three stages of development namely, the initiation stage, assimilation stage and integration stage. Recommendations related to the crafting of leadership development programs by the schools were given.

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Shelf Location

Archives, The Learning Commons, 12F Henry Sy Sr. Hall

Physical Description

1 computer disc; 4 3/4 in.


Educational leadership; Leadership; Women -- Education; Women in education

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