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Vol. 42 (2023): Advancing Women in Leadership Journal

Shaping the Future for a Sustainable World: Perspectives of Women Leaders from Commonwealth Open Learning Institutions

December 1, 2022


Women are crucial in shaping the future of a sustainable world as they have valuable ideas, experiences, and stories on leadership and change. This qualitative study explores the perspectives of 19 women leaders from 14 Commonwealth open learning institutions regarding women's leadership and a sustainable future. The findings indicate that women leaders are aware of their crucial role and the need to encourage other women to take up leadership or decision-making positions. However, there is sometimes a disconnect between envisioning a sustainable future and translating that vision into reality. Key constructs to advance women in leadership positions are revealed as having a mentor, building powerful networks, empowering women in ICT, and championing climate change.