The purpose of this study was to understand how women lead and make meaning of their leadership in evangelical mission organizations. Twelve executive-level women were interviewed. They described how they came to lead and told stories of their successes and challenges. They also described their thoughts on why they were chosen to lead, and what it was like to be a woman leader in their organizations. Analysis of their stories revealed their challenges as well as organizations' ongoing ambivalence regarding women leaders. Conclusions from the study and suggestions for improved organizational practice are offered.