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Women leader/ship development: mindfulness and well-being

Teri Phillips (Office for Students with Disabilities, McGill University, Montreal, Canada)
Gina Grandy (Hill and Levene Schools of Business, University of Regina, Regina, Canada)

Gender in Management

ISSN: 1754-2413

Article publication date: 17 May 2018

Issue publication date: 24 July 2018

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to propose mindfulness (e.g. practices such as yoga, meditation) as a fruitful addition to women leader/ship development research and practice, specifically as a means through which to prevent and mitigate negative health outcomes.

Design/methodology/approach

This is a literature review-based paper that integrates scholarly research on gender and women’s leadership, well-being (including stress reduction), women leader/ship development and mindfulness.

Findings

Women continue to be under-represented in senior leadership roles and many confront a “labyrinth” of “gender-organization-system” challenges throughout their careers. These challenges can have material effects on the well-being of women leaders. Research reveals positive psychological and biological effects of mindfulness practices on well-being (including stress). Some of this research reveals that women are more likely to engage in mindfulness practices and experience greater benefits. Leader/ship development programs designed specifically for women are needed, and it is proposed that incorporating mindfulness into these programs may result in beneficial outcomes for women leaders.

Originality/value

This research contributes to the limited body of work on women leader/ship development, mindfulness and leadership.

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Citation

Phillips, T. and Grandy, G. (2018), "Women leader/ship development: mindfulness and well-being", Gender in Management, Vol. 33 No. 5, pp. 367-384. https://doi.org/10.1108/GM-11-2016-0178

Publisher

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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