Chinese Women Business Leaders: Seven Principles of Leadership

In her latest book, Chinese Women Business Leaders: Seven Principles of Leaders, CEIBS Professor of Management Jean Lee offers a new perspective on leadership using seven unique case interviews with successful women leaders in Chinese business. Their unique life stories also reflect the changes in Chinese society over the past three decades. These women have each played a distinctive role in China’s rapid emergence. Though Reform and Opening Up has brought more opportunities than ever before to Chinese women, along with these opportunities come some questions and challenges.

In her leadership research in Asia, Professor Lee has surveyed many people about their perceptions of women and men leaders. Most agree there are differences between the sexes, but times are changing. The characteristics that typically fall under the women’s category are increasingly sought after in the business world. Women tend to be more interactive, involving collaboration with and empowerment of employees, while men’s traditional command-and-control approach, involving the assertion of authority and accumulation of power, has become less effective.

From the seven women ShEOs in this book there are at least seven leadership principles that readers can learn from their experiences. Through their stories, Professor Lee also provides an overview of China’s business environment over the past 30 years and the challenges unique to entrepreneurs working in China.

The book has been published by Elsevier.

Co-authored: 
Jean Lee
Position: 
Professor of Management, Michelin Chair Professor in Leadership & HR, Co-Director, CEIBS Centre for Family Heritage