First Advisor

Collins, Robert


College for Professional Studies

Degree Name

Master of Arts


School of Humanities & Social Sciences

Document Type

Thesis - Open Access

Number of Pages

54 pages


This exploratory study examines the leadership styles of a small sample of high level women leaders in the profession of higher education. In this study, high-level is indicative of directors, assistant/associate deans, deans, assistant/associate vice presidents, vice presidents, provosts or presidents. Due to the disparity of women leaders attaining high level leadership roles within higher education professions, this sample study discusses the connections between strength-based leadership domains and high-level women leaders. Additional connections between other leadership competencies and leadership styles are also considered, including Northouse leadership styles, Level 5 leadership, resilient leadership, emotional intelligence and authentic leadership. Results are discussed to determine the possibility of future leadership development training that encourages the advancement of women beyond the "glass ceiling" of high level higher education leadership.

Date of Award

Spring 2014

Location (Creation)

Colorado (state); Denver (county); Denver (inhabited place)

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