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Muhammad Rahatullah Khan (Effat University)
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21 pages
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Field research


Daft and Marcie (2001) suggest leadership as a technique to motivate employees to adopt new behaviors. House et al (2004) espouse leadership as the ability of an individual to influence, motivate, and enable others and contribute to the effectiveness and success of the organizations. Rich academic and applied literature highlight the leadership styles. There are contributions identifying traits, behaviors and styles of the leaders. Specific studies on paternalistic, democratic, autocratic and other approaches to leadership are also available. However, there are fewer contributions that deliberate on characteristics of a woman as leader and Maternalistic approach to leadership. Even these studies do not investigate the the leadership from a womanhood perspective. Whether women demonstrate the same leadership traits as examined and putforth by the literature or are different in any ways. This case provides evidence of a female leader who brings success to her higher education institution employing more than 350 males and females from more than 25 nationalities, through a maternalistic leadership approach. It identifies the traits of the leader and underpins the maternalistic approach of the leadership to open avenues for senior student and scholarly reflection and comparison to other approaches.


Women leadership; Maternalistic approach to leadership; Saudi Arabia; Higher education; Change management
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June 2010 to June 2011

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