Fischler College of Education: Theses and Dissertations

Date of Award

2014

Document Type

Dissertation - NSU Access Only

Degree Name

Doctor of Education (EdD)

Department

Abraham S. Fischler School of Education

Advisor

Mary Clisbee

Committee Member

Tamara Anderson

Abstract

Exploring the Career Experiences of Caribbean Women in Leadership. Sharon A. Crooks, 2014: Applied Dissertation, Nova Southeastern University, Abraham S. Fischler School of Education. ERIC Descriptors: Women Administrators, Career Development, Leadership, Qualitative Research. Within the Caribbean region, the most widely documented evidence of Caribbean females in leadership positions relates to those women who participate as political representatives within parliaments. Within this political sphere, research revealed that men continue to have the stronghold on the leadership roles. This phenomenon also exists within the top ranks of corporate organizations. The significance of this study is that since there is very little information in the public domain about Caribbean women in leadership roles, this research serves to expand leadership literature by adding the perspective of Caribbean women in leadership. By exploring the career experiences of selected Caribbean females as they navigated the corporate hierarchy to leadership positions and their perspectives of the meaning of their lived experiences, other Caribbean females will become aware of gender issues in leadership and how other Caribbean females converted their challenges to opportunities through their developmental experiences towards advancement to leadership positions. Cumulatively, this research should serve as a source of inspiration for women who aspire for leadership positions, as well as Caribbean females who are currently preparing themselves to become successful leaders. This dissertation has implications for organizations and human resources development practitioners who wish to retain and harness the diversity of talents and strengths of women towards the benefit of the organization. Women need to be provided with the structures and tools necessary to support their attainment of leadership positions. Evidence suggests that greater participation of women in the decision-making process leads to better governance of organizations. Increase in the gender balance at the top ranks of organizations will therefore lead to a win-win situation.

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