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Inclusive Leadership

Negotiating Gendered Spaces

  • Sujana Adapa
  • Alison Sheridan


  • Examines the impact of gendered leadership upon followers

  • Covers cross-cultural perspectives on inclusive leadership

  • Explores the contextual and structural complexities in fostering inclusive leadership


Part of the Palgrave Studies in Leadership and Followership book series (PASTLEFO)

About this book


Examining perceptions of leaders which are dependent on social and cultural contexts, this edited collection argues that in order to thrive and to understand the future business landscape, leaders must be inclusive and create followership. With existing research tending to conflate leadership roles with notions of masculinity and agency, this study provides examples of how to alter and challenge prevalent stereotypes and ultimately contribute to greater organisational effectiveness. Addressing the under-representation of women in leadership roles, contributions explore inclusivity and exclusivity in leading organisations, the politics of gendered differences and the value of leader-follower dynamics. Inclusive Leadership will be of great use to business leaders, employees, policy-makers, and academics seeking practical implications for formulating effective leader-follower strategies in organisations.


followers inclusion diversity gender equality women organizational effectiveness gendered leadership

Editors and affiliations

  • Sujana Adapa
    • 1
  • Alison Sheridan
    • 2
  1. 1.UNE Business SchoolUniversity of New EnglandArmidaleAustralia
  2. 2.UNE Business SchoolUniversity of New EnglandArmidaleAustralia

About the editors

Sujana Adapa is Senior Lecturer in Management (Strategy & Marketing) in the UNE Business School at the University of New England, Australia.  She has published widely in international journals, including Critical Perspectives on Accounting, the Journal of Cleaner Production, the Australasian Journal of Information Systems and the Australasian Journal of Regional Studies.

Alison Sheridan is Professor of Management and currently Head of the UNE Business School at the University of New England, Australia. She has been teaching and researching the experience of women in paid work, including their representation on boards, for more than two decades.  Her research often focuses on regional context and her work has appeared in Gender Work and Organization, Gender and Education, Corporate Governance: An International Review and the International Journal of Human Resource Management.

Bibliographic information

Industry Sectors
Chemical Manufacturing
Consumer Packaged Goods
Materials & Steel
Finance, Business & Banking


“In our ever-inclusive society good leadership relies on inspiring our next leaders to take up the mantle, and dismantling prejudicial hurdles to their success. I have faith research like this edited volume can help the world understand that good leadership is not about any one man’s power – but the betterment of our society as a whole.” (Minister Adam Marshall, Member for Northern Tablelands)

“Inclusive leadership challenges the stereotype that “women take care and men take charge” by showing how women can, and should, be leaders as well as followers. Employing personal experiences and conceptual themes the authors show how valuable leadership can be when it includes women. I wish I had read this in my twenties!” (Professor Gillian Triggs, Australian Human Rights Commission)