Women as Collaborative Leaders on Rangelands in the Western United States
AuthorVan Riper, Laura
Keywordscollaborative rangeland management
rangeland conflict management
ranching history and gender
gender and community activism
Rural Voices for Conservation Coalition
Stewardship Alliance of Northeast Elko
Ranching Heritage Alliance
Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement
Central Idaho Rangelands Network
National Riparian Service Team
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CitationVan Riper, L. (2013). Women as collaborative leaders on rangelands in the western United States. Rangelands, 35(6), 47-57.
PublisherSociety for Range Management
AbstractOn the Ground • In recent years women have become more visible as leaders of collaborative range management in the western United States. Drawing on the experiences of four such women, gender aspects of leadership and community activism are explored. • The four women leaders consider their efforts as “nothing special” and “business as usual”; gender considerations are not prominent in how they view their success. • Personality traits are important determinants of exceptional leadership. Although such traits are found in both men and women, there may be cases where the more feminine attributes that emphasize peacemaking, community welfare, networking, and consensus building facilitate the management of complex problems. • Collaborative leadership is vital for rangeland management. Recruiting and training such leaders should focus on identifying those with appropriate personality traits and aptitudes—regardless of gender—and providing them with the tools, skills, and support networks for success. The four successful women ranchers described here give us tangible models to replicate.