Although the number of women in leadership positions in Japan is increasing, especially with the efforts of the government to realize a society where men and women alike take on leadership roles, the ratio of women in the top management in Japan is negligible compared with other countries.
Today, many of us are familiar with the concept of the glass ceiling, which are invisible barriers that keep women from leadership positions. In contrast, we witness talented women leaders worldwide in a time of crisis, proving that women can lead organizations as effectively as men.
In the early 2000s, Professors Michelle Ryan and Alex Haslam explored the phenomenon that women are more likely to be selected to top management during times of crisis or downturn. This appointment may be unstable, and the risk of failure is higher. They named this phenomenon “the glass cliff.” Evidently, this type of leadership environment is unsuitable for fostering female leaders. The Institute for Global Leadership, Ochanomizu University, takes the opportunity to explore this subject with distinguished researchers in this field. By discussing the underlying fundamental problems of the glass cliff and prospects for the strategy to overcome it, we aim to contribute to women’s leadership. We invite you to join this inspiring discussion where the focus will be on women’s leadership education.
|Opening Remarks 16:40-16:45
Yoko Totani, Professor, Director of Institute for Gender Studies, Ochanomizu University
|Introduction of the Speakers 16:45-16:50
|Makoto Kobayashi (Professor, Director of Institute for Global Leadership, Ochanomizu University)
|Presentations 16:50-18-30 (30 minutes for each presentation)（Click here for detail.）
Ryan Michelle, Professor, Director of Global Institute for Women's Leadership, The Australian National University
|“Uncovering the Glass Cliff: Women’s leadership roles in times of crisis”
|Midori Kokubo, Professor, Ritsumeikan University (Japan)
|“The choice of leader in crisis – glass cliff and agentic leader”
|Helen Peterson, Professor, Örebro University (Sweden)
|“Beyond the Glass Cliff? Women leaders in Swedish Higher Education”
|Rie Okamura, Project Lecturer, Institute for Global Leadership, Ochanomizu University
|Closing Remarks 18:55-19:00
|Masako Ishii-Kuntz (Trustee and Vice President of Ochanomizu University)
Moderator: Fumie Ohashi, Associate Professor, Institute for Gender Studies, Ochanomizu University
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