Date of Award

Fall 12-9-2023

Document Type

Undergraduate Honors Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Business Administration in Business Administration


Business Administration


Jacquelyn Brown


Corporate leadership has evolved throughout the decades due to societal and organizational changes. With a shift towards a more equitable workplace, women have taken on higher executive roles. While there has been progress, women are still outnumbered in leadership positions. Where do we go from here? What can organizations and society do to advance the idea of leadership as a gender-neutral concept? This paper researches the evolution of leadership theory, the gender differences in women’s leadership styles, and the challenges women encounter in their positions of power. Through analysis of the internal and external barriers facing women’s advancement into and within executive positions, this paper provides recommendations for female leaders, organizations, and greater society to create equal leadership opportunities for men and women.

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Leadership Commons