02 May Saudi Arabia Female Students’ Perception of Effective Female Leaders
The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia witnessed significant development over the past few years. One of these developments involves the increase of female leaders in society. One will find women in different areas such as economic, education, medicine, business, and the media that hold leadership positions. The aim of this study was for the female students at Prince Mohammad Bin Fahd University taking a Leadership and Teamwork course to write an essay on a Saudi female leader and their perception of effective leadership among their selected female leaders in different professions and organizations. Additionally they completed a survey that identified the female leaders.
Effective leadership has been noted as a central ingredient in organizational and professional success (Fernandez, 2008). Researchers have effectively demonstrated that “resource capabilities, legitimacy and credibility” are foundational to effective leadership (Karlsson, Parker, Hjerpe & Linner, 2011). Even though some basic requisites for effective leadership have been noted in the literature, research does indicate that the gender of the leader and follower may impact perceptions of leadership effectiveness (Settles, Cortina, Malley & Stewart, 2006). In particular, Isaac, Griffin and Carnes (2010) reported that leadership is often perceived as a stereotypically masculine position. As a result, the entrance of females into leadership positions can challenge perceptions, creating changes in the way that effective leadership is perceived (Isaac, et al., 2010). See full publication