Throughout healthcare organizations nationwide, female leaders continue to be missing from executive level positions. While women have made progress with advancing to leadership roles, the top tiers of leadership continue to have large gender gaps. To determine success mechanism for women, this research sought to understand what female leaders in a rehabilitation hospital believe have made their careers successful. This study was guided by the theoretical framework of Walsh and Borkowski. This theoretical model identified that there are three factors that impact one’s career projection including societal, individual, and organizational factors. This action based research examined the perspectives of female leaders towards each factor. The overarching research question asked about the perspectives of current female leaders toward leadership success within a rehabilitation hospital. Nine women participated in this qualitative case study. Common themes that emerged from the data included formal education, informal training opportunities, lack of career planning, and the importance of peer networks. Each leader that participated in this study contributed to better understanding as to what is driving female leadership career development. This research is significant to healthcare leaders and the healthcare environment by noting that female leadership is an essential perspective that needs to assist in transforming the healthcare industry.
|Subjects||Management; Health care management|
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