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Dissertation Abstract

Antecedents of Self-Efficacy Beliefs: A Phenomenological Investigation of Women Leaders in the Credit Union Industry

Kelly M. Garmon
May 2008

This phenomenonlogical investigation examines the personal stories of women who pursued and achieved executive leadership status in the credit union industry in the southeastern portion of the United States to better understand how their self-efficacy beliefs were formed and ultimately influenced their rise to leadership status. By analyzing 20 narratives of women leaders, the study specifically sought to illuminate the sources of self-efficacy that women draw upon in navigating through the path to leadership. The most significant findings from this investigation was that women rely most heavily on verbal persuasion and vicarious learning experiences in forming their beliefs about their capacity to obtain a leadership position. Also important to the findings was the magnitude of which women in this study have relied on their self-beliefs in pursuing and achieving leadership status.