Fostering Emerging Women Leaders of Tomorrow: Assessment of the Results of Leadership Succession in Selected Local NGOs in Ethiopia

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Addis Ababa University


Although women‘s status has improved remarkably in many societies, women continue to lack access to power and leadership compared with men. Hence, this study is initiated due to the prevailing mass dissatisfaction that remains despite significant commitments among societies. Its objective lies on assessing the role as well as contribution of NGO leaders and their practices in bringing emerging women leaders through succession planning. Relevant literatures have been reviewed to develop empirical and theoretical background. On the other hand six NGOs with respect to their leadership practice, competencies, empowerment mechanisms, gender compositions and succession plan strategies were assessed. Methodologies such as online Emotional Intelligence View of 360 Degree assessment (EIV), semi structured questionnaires and key informal interviews were conducted. The EI analysis was conducted by Envisa learning and the questionnaires were analyzed using SPSS version 16. The major findings revealed that there is less contribution and efforts exerted by NGOs in bringing emerging women leaders unless the women themselves strive to reach the ladder. Moreover, none of the organizations under study had written succession planning policies. Therefore, the researcher recommends the NGO sectors need to review their practices and empowerment mechanisms in order to bring emerging women leaders into positions. Moreover, formal planning of succession plan is vital to ensure the continuity of the right workforce. Hence, this is the time for NGOs to wake up and commit themselves to investigate why they failed to find the required competent women in a key leadership positions as well as identify solutions for further intervention



NGOs in ethiopia