Leadership scenarios and paradoxes – past, present and future – form the basis of Karin
Klenke’s analysis of women in leadership. The book sets out to explore the paradoxical nature of women’s leadership in male-dominated contexts, paradoxes women leaders are
confronted with, as well as the paradox of change versus the persistence of the status quo.
Contexts with a ‘paradoxical nature’– temporally and spatially – are at the forefront.
These ‘contexts’ for women’s leadership range from remarkable female leaders, today and
historically, in politics, organisational structures, information technology (IT), the media,
sports, the military, religion and spirituality, science, higher education and the arts. The
chapters are initiated with a vignette of one or more female leaders (e.g. Condoleezza
Rice, Lindsey Vonn, Ada E. Yonath, Marin Alsop and Angela Merkel) to form a frame of
reference for each chapter’s particular context.