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Unveiling Women’s Leadership

Identity and meaning of leadership in India

  • Editors
  • Payal Kumar

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxi
  2. Self-Identity, Nature and Nurture

  3. The Cost of Leadership on the Self

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 53-53
    2. Rina Mukherji
      Pages 55-64
    3. Poornima Hatti, Shruti Vidyasagar
      Pages 65-74
  4. Interplay between Structure and Agency

  5. Back Matter
    Pages 191-199

About this book


Unveiling Women's Leadership provides a penetrating insight into the world of Indian woman leaders. The book unravels the unique challenges facing the Indian woman leader who has to juggle several challenges including patriarchy, the caste system, harassment, and society's expectation that she ought to fit snugly into stereotypical roles.


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About the authors

Professor Payal Kumar embodies a rare combination of expertise as both a real-time leader in the corporate sector, and as a scholar in the realm of leadership. She has worked as Registrar and Professor at a university in north India, and has also published widely on topics including mentoring, gender and diversity and leadership. She is involved as an Editorial Board member for some leading journals and is an Advisory Board member for multinational companies and consultancy firms based in India, England and USA.

Bibliographic information

Industry Sectors
Finance, Business & Banking


“Unveiling Women’s Leadership: Identity and Meaning of Leadership provides academics and policy makers some understanding on how Indian women, located within various social situations and contexts, evolve as leaders. It contributes to the theory of global leadership and to its interplay with gender in non-western context … . Scholars and policy makers may find this a helpful resource for linking leadership to other domains including gender roles, identities, and social and patriarchal norms.” (Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, Vol. 36 (3), April, 2017)