The Making of Successful Female Family-Enterprise Leaders

The Making of Successful Female Family-Enterprise Leaders

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Based on interviews with 46 female family firm successors from 13 countries around the globe, we distill patterns of how the female successors were raised, how their career paths looked like, what challenges they faced during succession, and how they overcame them. In particular, we identify seven important traits of successful female family firm successors: competence, consistency, humour, humility, resilience, strong and agile conflict-solving skills, and admitting outside help. We also discuss how culture affects female family firm successors.

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Nadine Kammerlander
Nadine Kammerlander
Professor of Family Business / Entrepreneurship and Innovation Group / WHU - Otto Beisheim School of Management
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Elizabeth Bagger
Elizabeth Bagger
Founder / Avanti Family Business Advisory
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Doris Sommavilla
Doris Sommavilla
CFA, Director / Family Office / Stonehage Fleming
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Sasha Lund
Sasha Lund
Founder / Core Values Consulting Limited
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DOI: 10.32617/676-610ea0737f40c
Kammerlander, Nadine, undefined, undefined, and undefined. "The Making of Successful Female Family-Enterprise Leaders." FamilyBusiness.org. 7 Aug. 2021. Web 22 Jun. 2024 <https://familybusiness.org/content/the-making-of-successful-female-family-enterprise-leaders>.
Kammerlander, N., Bagger, E., Sommavilla, D., & Lund, S. (2021, August 7). The making of successful female family-enterprise leaders. FamilyBusiness.org. Retrieved June 22, 2024, from https://familybusiness.org/content/the-making-of-successful-female-family-enterprise-leaders