Barriers to PR women’s leadership advancement: Current situation and anticipated changes
Paper accepted to present at the 71st Annual International Communication Association (ICA) Conference, May 27-31, 2021.
Abstract: This study examines current critical situational issues and barriers that are likely to influence women’s leadership advancement along their career paths in public relations. A national online survey of female professionals in public relations was designed and conducted in the United States. Results confirmed the top three situational barriers to PR women’s advancement include workplace structures, double standards in domestic roles and professional standards, and social attitudes towards female professionals. Findings also revealed such a gender underrepresentation in top leadership might be caused by lack of sufficient female role models, lack of work-family balance, and stereotypes in clustering more women in staff functions than line functions. However, women in PR anticipated to see improvements in various areas in the near future.
Applying Leadership Self-Efficacy Theory: Understanding the Innerworkings of Assessments by Creating Our Own
Abstract: This innovative practice paper explores a theoretical framework supporting leadership self-assessments — leadership self-efficacy theory. The paper describes the theory’s application in an exemplar self-assessment instrument and explains our approach to understanding the inner workings of assessments by creating and testing our own. Note: This paper resulted from an academic-industry collaboration with the Cox […]
Ethical leadership and influence building: An examination of female public relations’ perceptions on preparedness, role modeling, and influence strategies
Abstract: Practices of ethical leadership in public relations can be context-specific but they can influence organizational effectiveness. By conducting a national survey, this study examines female public relations professionals’ perspectives on ethical leadership. The results suggest that female professionals feel ready and confident in providing ethics counseling as needed. Public relations leaders’ ethical conduct help […]