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Journal of Women in Educational Leadership, Vol. 5, No.1-January 2007 ISSN: 1541-6224


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I'd like to share with you some thoughts from my last 20 years of leadership study and what I've come to understand during this time about women in relationship to leadership. Consider these remarks personal reflections on some of what has been written and discussed about leadership and especially about how women relate to leadership. Let's wonder together if we've come a long way in our thinking about leadership and how women's unique voices relate to it. 20 years ago we were just beginning to think about leadership in a broader way than simply a series of skills and abilities. We were generally either thinking that leadership and management were the same thing, or thinking that leadership was the opposite of management, and it was good and management was not good. For example, Bennis wrote in 1989 that management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right thing. We hadn't yet figured out that it's possible to do both and to do both well.