The Challenges of Authenticity; Leadership as a Lesbian

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Abstract

This chapter synthesises Daisy’s personal experience as a lesbian with leadership experience in addition to the literature and research that has explored the issues of lesbians as leaders. Daisy explores the conscious choices that lesbian make about how much they hide or share their sexual orientation within the workplace and beyond and the implications for those who are in a leadership position, in whatever capacity this leadership role may exist. This is framed within the context of living in a heteronormative world where prejudice is both implicit and explicit. The influences of personal support on career success, the impact of discrimination and prejudice and the transformation approach to leadership are discussed. Gaps in the evidence base for lesbians in leadership are highlighted and suggestions for how lesbians can support themselves and be supported by others to develop as leaders are explored.

This chapter promotes the impact of discrimination towards lesbians within the workplace and highlights the uniqueness of lesbians as leaders in the hope that more lesbians will feel empowered to work towards leadership. It also highlights the paucity of research that exists within this area with the intention
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationLeadership and Diversity in Psychology: Moving beyond the Limits
EditorsMaureen McIntosh, Helen Nicholas, Afreen Husain Huq
PublisherTaylor & Francis
Chapter11
Edition1st
ISBN (Print)9781138361638
Publication statusPublished - 5 Mar 2019

Publication series

NameRoutledge Studies in Leadership, Work and Organizational Psychology

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    Best, C. (2019). The Challenges of Authenticity; Leadership as a Lesbian. In M. McIntosh, H. Nicholas, & A. Husain Huq (Eds.), Leadership and Diversity in Psychology: Moving beyond the Limits (1st ed.). (Routledge Studies in Leadership, Work and Organizational Psychology). Taylor & Francis.