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The leadership discourse amongst female police leaders in Sweden
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Education.
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Education.
2010 (English)In: Advancing Women in Leadership Journal. The first online professional, refereed journal for women in leadership, ISSN 1093-7099, Vol. 30, no 16, 1-24 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

 Female leaders within the police force in Sweden are in a minority. Although their numbers are increasing, little is known about their experiences. By using interviews and discourse analysis, this article aims to analyse and construct the leadership discourse articulated by female leaders within the Swedish Police. It is argued here, as in previous research, that female leaders experience a range of different aspects in their roles as leaders. The female leadership discourse within the police is constructed around five themes of discussion: (a) the leadership style of good leaders is generally a transformational one; (b) a transactional approach to leadership is visible in relation to crisis situations; (c) extensive experience as a police officer is of importance; (d) leaders need support in different ways, and (e) experiences of being a ‘token’ female in a male-dominated organisation is common. Above all, this article challenges the notion that a ‘feminine leadership style’ exists. It is also argued that an intersectional perspective on police leadership is preferable, and that co-workers have an impact on leadership processes.

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Huntsville, Texas, USA: College of Education, Sam Houston State University , 2010. Vol. 30, no 16, 1-24 p.
Keyword [en]
female police leaders, police leadership, leadership discourse, women
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-37336OAI: diva2:359317
Available from: 2010-10-27 Created: 2010-10-27 Last updated: 2014-11-14Bibliographically approved

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