Inside-Out Approach to the Senior Management Role of Female Leaders in Thai Organizations Perception of Self-Identity and the Associated Factors of the Female Top Leaders

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Wilailuck Kamjam
Papassara Chaiwong


According to the overview, status and role of male and female employees in Thai organizations were relatively equal. However, proportion of female in the top management role was still less than male. The previous studies revealed that self-identity perception is the important factor for female leader to get promotion to a higher executive position. Perception of one’s identity played essential role and vitally helped a female leader to breakthrough to the higher senior management position with an acceptance through her unique self from inside to outside. Employing fluidity of identity approach, this study aimed to examine perception of self-identity and the relating factors of top female leaders’ perception of self-identity to contribute an intrapersonal communication lesson, self-understanding, for Thai women to be ready to get into the top management role and becoming successful accepted leaders. The results revealed two levels of the top female leaders’ perception of self-identity, “Fundamental Identity” and “Additional Identity”, in which each female executive tends to perceive different identities. The both levels were influenced by internal factors (i.e. thought, attitude) and external factors (i.e. family’s teaching). The findings can enhance woman employees to realize of their identities as the most important fundamental to become a senior executive. Even it requires many factors but inside communication, self-identity perception, is still the key to lead to external communication for women to get an acceptance.

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