Get 20M+ Full-Text Papers For Less Than $1.50/day. Start a 14-Day Trial for You or Your Team.

Learn More →

“I made it”: Israeli‐Palestinian women principals as leaders

“I made it”: Israeli‐Palestinian women principals as leaders Purpose – This study aims to analyze the construction of the meaning of leadership by two Arab women school principals in Israel who are “pavers of the way”. Design/methodology/approach – Interviews in which the women exposed their life stories were subjected to discourse analysis in light of a three‐layered functional approach and leadership theories. The study investigated: characteristics of the leadership development of two Arab women principals and expressions of leadership at different life stages. Findings – Analysis showed that these women have strong motivation, and from an early age dared to swim against the stream, achieving their goals with family support after serious battles. As the first women principals in their communities, they continued to develop, under pressure to prove their ability as leaders in Arab patriarchal society. Research limitations/implications – This is a qualitative study with a non‐representative sample, providing rich insights into the lives of two Arab women principals. Practical implications – This study shows that life stories can serve as tools to diagnose future leaders and their specific patterns of behavior. Originality/value – Analysis of figurative positioning that was manifested consistently in these women's narratives provides new understanding regarding women's leadership in patriarchal societies, indicating that childhood experiences of leadership exposed in personal stories can serve as predictors for narrators' adult leadership patterns. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Education, Business and Society: Contemporary Middle Eastern Issues Emerald Publishing

“I made it”: Israeli‐Palestinian women principals as leaders

Loading next page...
 
/lp/emerald-publishing/i-made-it-israeli-palestinian-women-principals-as-leaders-YepnNMNrdd
Publisher
Emerald Publishing
Copyright
Copyright © 2010 Emerald Group Publishing Limited. All rights reserved.
ISSN
1753-7983
DOI
10.1108/17537981011089604
Publisher site
See Article on Publisher Site

Abstract

Purpose – This study aims to analyze the construction of the meaning of leadership by two Arab women school principals in Israel who are “pavers of the way”. Design/methodology/approach – Interviews in which the women exposed their life stories were subjected to discourse analysis in light of a three‐layered functional approach and leadership theories. The study investigated: characteristics of the leadership development of two Arab women principals and expressions of leadership at different life stages. Findings – Analysis showed that these women have strong motivation, and from an early age dared to swim against the stream, achieving their goals with family support after serious battles. As the first women principals in their communities, they continued to develop, under pressure to prove their ability as leaders in Arab patriarchal society. Research limitations/implications – This is a qualitative study with a non‐representative sample, providing rich insights into the lives of two Arab women principals. Practical implications – This study shows that life stories can serve as tools to diagnose future leaders and their specific patterns of behavior. Originality/value – Analysis of figurative positioning that was manifested consistently in these women's narratives provides new understanding regarding women's leadership in patriarchal societies, indicating that childhood experiences of leadership exposed in personal stories can serve as predictors for narrators' adult leadership patterns.

Journal

Education, Business and Society: Contemporary Middle Eastern IssuesEmerald Publishing

Published: Nov 9, 2010

Keywords: Narratives; Leadership; Women; Principals; Israel; Palestine

References