Korean Women in Leadership: Family Roles

  • Eunsun Joo
Part of the Current Perspectives on Asian Women in Leadership book series (CPAWL)


Korea’s strong sense of collectivism stems from the family, which emphasizes expected gender roles and responsibilities. Koreans regard how the family is managed as a mirror of how society is managed and, thus, the cultivation of leadership for women needs to start within the family. In this context, Chap. 2 presents the meaning of family in Korea, focusing on the historical and cultural characteristics of Korea that influence the social norms and psyches of Koreans. The chapter goes on to examine the roles of women’s family members and the difficulties of balancing work and family, together with the link between family and women’s leadership development. The chapter concludes by discussing the challenges and hopes women face, and suggestions to facilitate the development of leadership roles for Korean women are offered.


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  • Eunsun Joo
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  1. 1.Duksung Women’s UniversitySeoulSouth Korea

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