In this article, Susan R. Madsen and Faith Wambura Ngunjiri discuss the challenges facing women in global leadership roles. Drawing on research found in their newly released book titled Women as Global Leaders, Madsen and Ngunjiri highlight the unique qualities that women bring to global leadership roles and provide advice and strategies for maximising those qualities successfully.
Towards the end of 2014, the world watched in wonder as Malala Yousafzai was crowned the Nobel Peace Prize winner – the youngest person, male or female, to ever win the award. Malala was catapulted to the global stage when she was shot and almost killed by the Taliban due to her advocacy for education rights for girls in Pakistan. Malala stands as one of the youngest exemplars of women as global leaders, as her activist leadership transcends the borders of race, class, gender and nation. She is one of the global women leaders profiled in our recent book Women as Global Leaders,1 along with Professor Wangari Maathai, Aung San Sun Kyi, Margaret Thatcher, Golda Meir, and others. We believe – and our contributing authors agree – that these trailblazers provide extraordinary examples worth exploring and learning from.