In Real Women, Real Leadership, twenty-four women leaders describe their personal journeys to the top, providing deep insight and a fascinating perspective on "making it" as a woman in the male-dominated business environment. They discuss their experiences and offer guidance on topics such as balancing family and career, building alliances, mentoring and being mentored, and overcoming obstacles in the business world which is still dominated by men in the senior levels of management. Drawn from a range of industries including higher education, technology, law, the military, politics, the media, and more, these stories provide the details that every ambitious woman needs to know. You'll learn which skills, attributes, and relationships served these women best, how they overcame the obstacles thrown into their paths, and the people they credit as instrumental along the way. A self-assessment chapter helps you discover your own leadership attributes, and determine which skills you need to acquire as you formulate your own personal roadmap to the top.
There are many books about women who have been excellent leaders, but Real Women, Real Leadership provides the personal, relatable testimonials from women who have navigated the opportunities and pitfalls of the business world. Each story sheds light on women's unique leadership attributes, and provides guidance for professional women charting their own professional advancement.
- Learn from women leaders in a diverse range of industries
- Discover the leadership attributes that make the biggest impact
- Gain insight into work/life balance, mentors, relationships, and more
- Discover your leadership strengths and develop a plan forward
Studies have shown that companies with three or more women board members dramatically outperform the competition in returns on equity, sales, and invested capital - yet women only claim a tiny percentage of boardroom seats and top executive positions. Why? And why, when they do achieve leadership positions, do women tend to make such outstanding leaders? Real Women, Real Leadership tackles these questions and more from an in-the-trenches perspective to help you become the leader you want to be.
Note from Kathy Hurley 1
1 Leadership Journey: Skill or Personal Mission? 7
2 Inspires and Motivates Others 13
3 Takes Initiative 41
4 Displays High Integrity and Honesty 71
5 Builds Relationships 95
6 Collaboration and Teamwork 113
7 Drive for Results 133
8 Develops Strategic Perspective 151
Leadership Self-Assessment 155
A Study in Leadership 165
About the Editors 185