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dc.contributor.authorHanlen, Patricia Anne
dc.date.accessioned2015-02-24T03:00:52Z
dc.date.available2015-02-24T03:00:52Z
dc.date.issued2002
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10179/6298
dc.description.abstractThis thesis is a study of four women leaders of large voluntary social service organizations in Aotearoa New Zealand. The key research question in this study centered around their leadership role in these non-profit making organizations. This research was approached from a feminist perspective. Semi-structured in-depth interviews were conducted. Person-centered questions explored their leadership pathway, the skills needed, leadership style, views on their unpaid status and how gender impacted on their role. Organization-centered questions explored the participant's views on leading a volunteer workforce and the impact of organizational and community trends. The results of the research revealed a pathway to leadership which involved broad community group experience, an accumulation of wide ranging skills and a knowledge-base drawn mainly from family responsibilities. These women were motivated to undertake their role for reasons of community enhancement and personal satisfaction. They valued workable partnerships, participation, sociability and flexibility in their unpaid work. The ability to listen, understand, predict and influence behavior, were identified as important leadership behaviors, similar to a transformational leadership style. Their inclusive, conciliatory, visionary style included a commitment towards democratic decision- making and consultation in a pragmatic way. The results suggest the participants linked leadership and organizational effectiveness to a learning culture, understanding of governance roles and the needs of volunteers. They felt privileged to be able to view the 'big picture' of organizational, community and political systems and structures. The role of mentor in leadership succession was identified as important to their organization's continued well being. As these women walked along a finite mosaic pathway of personal and organizational networks, themes of challenge, change and self-education emerged. This limited study concluded that these leaders were confident in a role they enjoyed, in organizations they were totally committed to and understood.en_US
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.publisherMassey Universityen_US
dc.rightsThe Authoren_US
dc.subjectLeadershipen_US
dc.subjectSocial serviceen_US
dc.subjectNew Zealanden_US
dc.subjectWomen volunteersen_US
dc.titleAltruistic leaders : voices of women in voluntary organizations : a thesis presented in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Social Work in the Department of Sociology, Social Policy and Social Work, Massey Universityen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineSocial Policy and Social Worken_US
thesis.degree.grantorMassey Universityen_US
thesis.degree.levelMastersen_US
thesis.degree.nameMaster of Social Work (M. S. W.)en_US


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