A warm congratulations to Global Women members Suzanne Snively and Vanisa Dhiru for their contribution and recognition of achievements on the New Year Honours List for 2021!   A happy new year to you all – Ngā mihi o te Tau Hau. Ko te tumanako kei te ora koe.

Take part in research for leadership equality

I am completing my thesis on Women in Leadership as part of my masters in Industrial/Organisational Psychology at the University of Canterbury, under the supervision of Dr Joana Kuntz. The research is looking at the factors that current leaders attribute to leadership success and their career trajectory and leadership efficacy. The results of this research will contribute to the currently underdeveloped literature on women in leadership, support aspiring female leaders, and provide useful guidelines to organisations invested in leadership equality.


Please click the link to begin the 15 minute survey: NZ Women in Leadership Survey


Who can participate?

  • Senior Leaders (women) within organisations. This includes CEO/CFO/COO roles, executive leadership team members, Board members, and directors or heads of divisions. And any other job roles that may fit a similar description.
  • We are keeping this research within a New Zealand context to better understand the needs of our wāhine.As the aim of the research is to understand the factors that contribute to leadership sucess along with the factors that facilitate women leaders’ career trajectories, we would like to gather the views of as many women in senior leadership positions as possible.

Why Bother?

  • Whilst one female leader can make a difference, a 30% representation has been found to make meaningful and long term change (Tarr-Wheelan, 2009). In order to improve gender parity in senior leadership positions, we need to understand how to better support aspiring female leaders.
  • There have a number of factors described as contributing to leadership attainment, however this prior research is fairly limited and often qualitative. The current research looks to explore these factors and quantify the results. The results of this research will add to the literature and will provide practical utility for individuals and organisations striving towards equality.

How long will it take?

  • The survey is relatively short and only takes around 15 minutes to complete.

What do I have to do?

  • Complete the survey as honestly as you can.
  • In order to reach a wide range of female leaders, I ask you to pass this survey on to any other female leaders.

What are the prizes?

  • As a thank you for your time and effort, you can enter the draw to win one of two $500 Westfield or grocery vouchers.

Who reads the results?

  • This research will be presented in my MSc Thesis.
  • This research is designed to bring practical benefits to organisations and aspiring female leaders. The findings of this research may be published in Organisational Psychology or Management Journals.

How is my privacy protected?

  • All responses are anonymous – neither you nor your organisation will be identifiable. If you wish to enter the prize draw or receive a copy of the findings you will be directed to an external link where your email address can be recorded.
  • This research has been approved by the University of Canterbury Human Ethics Committee.