Resisting sexisms, aggression, and burnout in academic leadership: surviving in the gendered managerial academy

Kathryn Haynes*

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How is it possible to survive as a woman senior leader in the gendered managerial academy? In this autoethnographical article, I illustrate the lived reality, insecurity and struggle of academic leadership. Drawing from three vignettes, I discuss decision-making processes, blatant sexist aggressions, and the problematic negation of affect and personal life. Their critical contribution is to expose the consequences of gendered managerialism in the neo-liberal academy and the false promise of ‘leadership’, in which women continue to experience gender challenges, sexism, and the risk of burnout in their everyday experiences. However, I also show how it is possible to counter the detrimental effects of gendered managerialism through four forms of resistance: resistance through embodied affective authenticity; resistance through solidarities and social relations with others; resistance through feminist activism; and resistance by stepping back.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-17
Number of pages17
JournalGender, Work & Organization
Early online date30 Apr 2024
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 30 Apr 2024

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion keywords

  • Gender Equality

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