This report presents the findings of a research project that was completed as part of the implementation of the Kobe Recommendation: Plan of Action for Women and Health. Agnes Walker, Anthea Bill and Ann Harding summarise the literature on key characteristics of leaders, the differences between male and female leaders, and an analytical framework for assessing the impact of women's leadership. The report also identifies both hindrances and benefits in the different spheres of a woman's life.
Case studies from both developed and developing countries are used to illustrate the framework. The case studies show the situation at local/village, state/provincial and national levels. The report draws important conclusions on key trends, catalysing effects, and incentives.