Date of Conferral

2019

Degree

Ph.D.

School

Psychology

Advisor

Dr. Amy Hakim

Abstract

Although women have been progressing in the U.S labor force into supervisory and management positions, the number of Asian American women in leadership roles continues to be limited. There is support in the literature for research on factors associated with the leadership development of Asian American women. The purpose of this phenomenological qualitative study was to explore the racial and gender experiences and perspectives of 7 Asian American women in U.S. health care organizations and how they developed into leaders. Feminist and sociocultural theories were applied to gain insight. Interviews were carried out to comprehend the manner in which gender and racial characteristics informed the leadership styles of the 7 Asian American female participants selected using a purposive sampling method. Thematic analysis yielded 5 key themes (destined to accomplish, support from unexpected, disadvantages incurred from race and gender, according to the rules, and kind deeds). The findings offer an enhanced explanation of the lived experience of these Asian American women and how racial and gender characteristics influenced different parts of their intentionality and shaped their relations within organizations. In particular, the participants described encountering traditional gender biases, stereotypes and cultural assumptions that hindered their sense of belonging and perhaps influenced and impelled their success. In addition to contributing to the literature, the study may offer useful insight to Asian American women seeking leadership positions. Furthering Asian American women's prospects in organizational leadership positions may promote more diversity in the U.S workforce and address inequalities.

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