Author

J.T. Henry

Date of Award

1997

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts

Department

Leadership Studies

Abstract

The hypothesis stating empowerment is a competency displayed within feminine leadership and manifested in the practice of midwifery is proven through the research of this project. The case studies and literature review both provide the evidence to make this conclusion. Researchers Loden, Klenke, and Rosener are proponents of feminine leadership, and whom support the style of feminine leadership has one which will be vital in the coming century. The midwives and mothers whose testimony are secured within the case studies also advocate the importance of feminine leadership and the competency empowerment as being present in their experiences, ensuring success. Within this discussion I hope to enumerate my findings and also construct the enduring connection between feminine leadership and empowerment.

The information from the case studies exploring feminine leadership, empowerment and midwifery support my hypothesis that there is a strong correlation that empowerment is a competency displayed within feminine leadership which is manifested in the practice of midwifery. As feminine leaders, midwives contribute to the empowerment process in much the same way as feminine leaders described by Klenke, Loden, and Rosener in their research within formal organizations. Feminine leaders in formal organizations and midwives both seek to be inclusive, form relationships, empower people, encourage autonomy and responsibility, share power, knowledge, and decision making. The details as to how midwives and feminine leaders apply these characteristics and traits differ, but their intentions are very much the same.

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