This quantitative research study was designed to explore the practice of exemplary leadership among African American women who are defense international contractors in a deployed status in Iraq. The purpose of the research was to better understand how the practice of exemplary leadership among African American women in the private defense international contracting industry in a deployed area has propelled them to lower, middle, and senior levels of management. The leadership behaviors that African American women needed to cultivate to progress to senior management positions were explored. The knowledge gained from the study resulted in a benchmark tool and road map for the African American women to reach the upper levels of management in the defense international contractor industry. The focus was on 3 dimensions of leadership at the following levels of management: lower, middle, and senior levels of management. The Leadership Practices Inventory survey was distributed to African American women and Caucasian men working in the international defense contracting industry in Iraq to gather perspectives on lower, middle, and senior management diversification in terms of management. The expected response rate for the survey was approximately 40% due to the mission and job requirements of the participants.
|Adviser||Thomas L. Driver|
|Subjects||African American studies; Black studies; Women's studies; Management|
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