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date: 04 December 2020

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Gender as a concept or conceptual lens is a relatively recent development that has seldom been used to examine political leaders, but it provides an analytic tool that can give fresh insights on the leadership of both men and women and facilitate theory-building in the field, of leadership studies. This chapter looks through a gender lens at the empirical data on and evolving knowledge of, female leaders in four categories: selection and election, legislative and party leadership, executive leadership, and, as this handbook classifies it, leadership ‘below and beyond the national level’. Then, in the final section, this chapter considers how the concept of gender might be used to enhance our understanding of leadership and its context in general. Exploring how gender matters can provide a different perspective on leaders and suggest an alternative approach to questioning political leadership.

Keywords: selection, election, legislative, party, executive, subnational, international, masculine, feminine

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