Bouncing up: The development of women leaders’ resilience

Research output: Contribution to journalResearch articleContributedpeer-review



Although there are preliminary indications that resilience is a key factor for women on their way to top leadership positions, research on this topic is scarce. To narrow this research gap, we applied an exploratory interview study focusing on the development of women leaders’ resilience. We conducted 25 biographical interviews with women in top leadership positions in medium and large companies listed in Germany. Through a qualitative content analysis, we identified three critical phases for the development of women leaders’ resilience—early life, early career, and upper leadership—as well as phase-specific resilience factors—i.e., individual, situational, and behavioral factors. We integrated these findings in a process model that provides insights into the interlinkages of the different phases and factors and can serve as a starting point for future research.


Original languageEnglish
Article number101234
Number of pages11
JournalScandinavian journal of management
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2022

External IDs

WOS 000859013600002
unpaywall 10.1016/j.scaman.2022.101234



  • Resilience factors, Resilience process, Women leaders, Women leaders’ resilience, Women leaders? resilience