Journal of
Economics and International Finance

  • Abbreviation: J. Econ. Int. Finance
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2006-9812
  • DOI: 10.5897/JEIF
  • Start Year: 2009
  • Published Articles: 348

Full Length Research Paper

Transformational leadership for excellent result: Challenges for women in management and executive positions in Nigeria

Yusuf Olafemi Munirat1* and Grace Chinelo Nzelibe2
  1Department of Business Administration, University of Abuja, Abuja, Nigeria. 2Faculty of Management Science, University of Abuja, Abuja, Nigeria.
Email: [email protected]

  •  Accepted: 20 December 2011
  •  Published: 07 February 2012



The obvious problem that impedes growth in today’s organizations and particularly government is not that of getting leadership but the transformational one that can make remarkable difference in the socio-economic lives of stakeholders. This nation has been ruled and governed by “men in their various capacities and yet we are far away from the median of growth and development. This paper tried to substantiate why women should be given greater opportunity to hold strategic executive positions as they possess the unique qualities of affiliation, attachment and cooperativeness required of a transformational leader. This study is mainly descriptive and both secondary and primary sources of data were employed. This study revealed a number of challenges which hamper the growth potential of women which include amongst other, the early educational system, industry unethical policy and government policy, lack of social support, culture and traditional values. A number of recommendations have been made, but however, most of them hinge on governmental support, gender equity-focused policy, purposeful, honest and realistic directives. 


Key words: Transformational leadership, women executives, growth and development.