French Women Entrepreneurs’ Leadership Practices and Well-Being in a High-Growth Context

  • Stephanie Chasserio
  • Corinne PoroliEmail author
  • Renaud Redien-Collot
Part of the International Handbooks of Quality-of-Life book series (IHQL)


Entrepreneurial track is a source of innovation for women’s leadership (Bel 2009). What about the women who have spent many years as the head of growth companies that they created or acquired? In order to measure up to what point these women defy the canon, we wanted to examine the managerial and strategic postures that they assume. We conducted interviews in 2012 with six women leaders of growth companies. We observed that these women’s leadership reveals not only strategically transgressive attitudes, but also a radical rupture with a system of thought that tends to define leadership as an institutionalizing dynamic. This challenging posture does not intend to create a new type of leadership, but it highlights a trend towards a more authentic, shared and distributed leadership. Moreover, this type of leadership contributes to the well-being of these women entrepreneurs and their teams at work.


Authentic leadership Women entrepreneurs New management practices Well-being 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Stephanie Chasserio
    • 1
  • Corinne Poroli
    • 1
    Email author
  • Renaud Redien-Collot
    • 2
  1. 1.SKEMA Business SchoolParis La DéfenseFrance
  2. 2.Novancia Business SchoolParisFrance

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