Leadership by Peter Northouse is the text book I was waiting for in this Doctorate of Leadership. Not because it has the cutting edge of leadership theory, but because it gives a practical chapter on 15 styles of leadership. I have been playing around with becoming a leadership coach once this doctorate is over and to have a book like this in my library feels comforting as I have my experience, but there are so many stories and ways of leading, it feels really helpful to have a book like this as a resource.
I have written several blogs around my experience as a female embodied being growing up within the church world and wrestling with my calling as a leader. I avoided all sorts of attention but somehow was chosen within my High School as the sophomore representative to the North Dakota HOBY program. (Hugh O’Brien youth Leadership Seminar), and I humbly went, really confused on why I was chosen. I joined a dance team in high school my senior year and became one of the captains, I made my college Cheer team and became the captain. Really confusing for a “shy” girl, but I am grateful for the ways I was “chosen”. Finding ways to integrate my faith and leadership has been far more challenging. What does a young woman do when she knows she is called to Leadership and also into ministry, but ministry does not take her seriously? I tell you what you do, you find the back door or a cracked window!
I was drawn to ready chapter 15, Gender and Leadership. I am reading the 2016 edition of Northouse book, and in this chapter he give a few profound statistics. “Women earn 57% of the bachelors degrees, 60% of the master’s degrees, and more than half of the doctoral degrees (National Center for Education Statistics, 2011), and they make up nearly half of the U.S. Labor force (46.8%, Catalyst, 2014).”  I looked up the 2023 statistics and they are just slightly higher now, women now earn “58.2% of bachelors degrees, 58.4% of the masters degrees, and 52.3 % of doctorate degrees are earned by women”. And according to Catalyst.org, due to pandemic women are back down from an increase to being 57% of the work force. We can start to get into the pay differences. Catalyst reports women make 82 cents on the dollar to men in same and equal positions.
The Church Executive.com reports the following statistics, “For example, in the Episcopal Church, full-time male clergy earn an average of $12,000 more a year than female clergy. And in the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America, full-time male clergy earn $8,000 more a year than full-time female clergy. In denominations that ordain female clergy, they are more likely to be offered and feel compelled to accept lower-paying positions. Another contributing factor is that many women have fewer years in ministry than most men due to childbearing, child rearing and other family caregiving responsibilities. Data also shows that salaries for female clergy start at lower levels than men and the disparity is consistent over time. Additionally, male clergy are typically offered a higher salary than female clergy for the same position.” 
In my current position I find myself in the odd position of being a female in a male dominated world of clergy, however I am currently the only female chaplain, and happen to be the supervisor of 3 men in a healthcare system dominated by women. So within leadership at my organization its almost all women, yet I am within a department full of men. I am extremely grateful for the ways the men I work with support my leadership and ally with me in this work. As I have struggled with my own leadership in this context, I find that this chapter made it easier for me by acknowledging that many women in leadership succeed most with transformational leadership. “Additionally, the transformational leadership style discussed in chapter 8 is particularly beneficial for women because it is not a markedly masculine style.”  I, as influenced by Oxford admissions where they ask what are you reading, and what is this reading making you want to read next? So on to transformational Leadership.
“There are several positive features of the transformational approach, including that it is a current model that received a lot of attention by researchers, it has strong intuitive appeal, it emphasizes the importance of followers in the leadership process, it goes beyond traditional transactional models and broadens leadership to include the growth of followers, and it places strong emphasis on morals and values.”When I hear this it makes me want to read further into this style not only for myself but for our world that watches as leader after leader falls into moral brokenness.
To end, I’d like to add a poem I took a picture of, that speaks to those whose shoulders we stand on!
STRONG LIKE HER
17-year-old Joan of Arc led an army to victory and proved the fiery strength of women Jane Austen led women to have a voice,
writing her mind when told not to Susan B. Anthony led a fight for human rights
with visions of a just world Harriet Tubman led hundreds out of slavery
with a wanted sign on her head Marie Curie led by being the first woman
to receive a Nobel Peace Prize Helen Keller led with her determination
to give strength to the disabled 13-year-old Anne Frank led with her words of hope
for light in the darkest hours Rosa Parks led others off the back of the bus
and toward equality Mother Teresa led those suffering into warmth and love
through her devotion to charity Oprah Winfrey led her life from trial and abuse
to immense success and philanthropy Malala Yousafzai led the fight for women’s right to education,
surviving a bullet
Yet There are women around the world still waiting
for permission to speak
Permission to act
Who are paid less for the same work as their peers
Represented as mere objects in the media Shamed Blamed
Yet There’s something we all can do
We can be Strong like Joan of Arc
Audacious like Jane
Unconventional like Susan
Brave like Harriet
Intelligent like Marie
Resilient like Helen
Optimistic like Anne
Bold like Rosa
Compassionate like Mother Teresa
Ambitious like Oprah
Irrepressible like Malala To show that We
As men and women Are Equals
And Leaders alike
 Northouse, Peter. Leadership:Theory and Practice:Seventh Edition. (Los Angeles, Sage Publications, 2016). p 398
 Northouse, Peter. Leadership:Theory and Practice:Seventh Edition. (Los Angeles, Sage Publications, 2016) p. 408
 Northouse, p. 190