How Remarkable Women Lead: The Breakthrough Model for Work and Life

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Crown Publishing Group, Sep 29, 2009 - Business & Economics - 384 pages
The Remarkable discoveries about what drives and sustains successful women leaders.

Based on five years of proprietary research, How Remarkable Women Lead speaks to you as no other book has, with its hopeful outlook and unique ideas about success. It's the new "right stuff" of leadership, raising provocative issues such as whether feminine leadership traits (for women and men) are better suited for our fast-changing, hyper-competitive, and increasingly complex world.

The authors, McKinsey & Company consultants Joanna Barsh and Susie Cranston, establish the links between joy, happiness, and distinctive performance with the groundbreaking model of Centered Leadership.

The book's personal stories and related insights show you the magic that happens when you put the five elements of Centered Leadership–meaning, framing, connecting, engaging, and energizing–to work. They include:

• How Alondra de la Parra built on her strengths and passions to infuse her life with meaning and make her way in the male-dominated world of orchestra conducting
• How Andrea Jung, the CEO of Avon, avoided a downward spiral when the company turned down by "firing herself" on Friday and re-emerging on Monday as the "new" turnaround CEO
• How Ruth Porat's sponsors at Morgan Stanley not only helped her grow but were also her ballast for coping with difficult personal and professional times
•How Eileen Naughton recovered after losing her dream job, landing on her feet at Google and open to a new leadership opportunity
• How Julie Coates of Woolworth's Australia makes energy key to her professional success, with reserves for her "second shift" as wife and mother

How Remarkable Women Lead is both profoundly moving and actionable. Woman or man, you'll find yourself in its pages and emerge with a practical plan for breaking through at both work and in life.
 

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An excellent read and an excellent resource for gaining more control over one's life and in leading a fuller life.

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This book is written in a warm, easily-digestible style while offering up a plethora of excellent insights and information. I wish every young woman beginning a career could read this book. Based on hands-on interviews and research, it offers suggestions for practical ways to increase and strengthen one's leadership capacity. I read this book with an informal online book club (a bunch of friends bought it and read one chapter a day and chatted about the insights online) and it was a wonderful experience.
I am a business professional with an MBA, and I've read just about every business book there is (Okay, slight overstatement, but not by much!), and this is my current favorite. And that's saying a lot!
 

Contents

Journey to the Center
1
Chapter It All Begins with Meaning
21
Your Own Happiness Equation
30
Start with Your Strengths
39
Reciprocity Forms Relationships
43
A Sense of Purpose
46
The Tapestry You Weave
53
Dreamcatcher
55
Stand Up Speak Up
196
Make Your Own Luck
206
Take the Step
214
Weathering the Heights
225
Energizing
235
Energy in Your Toolkit
237
For a Quick Recovery 25
270
Time for Action
279

PART
65
The Practice of Optimism
79
Moving On
92
Ready for Change
113
Chapter A Path to Belonging
125
Member of the Tribe
174
PART FOUR Engaging
185
Chapter 7 Crossing the Line
187
Methodology
285
Our Research Survey
293
Acknowledgments
305
Notes
309
Your Organization as Family 34
325
Index
343
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JOANNA BARSH joined McKinsey & Company in 1981 and is a senior partner. Along with her consulting work, she leads the McKinsey Centered Leadership Project, whose goal is to help develop women leaders. Joanna is a New York City Commissioner of Women’s Issues and received the Girl Scouts Council Woman of Distinction Award and the National Council of Research on Women Award. Joanna is also a trustee of Sesame Workshop. She was a Baker Scholar at Harvard Business School.

SUSIE CRANSTON is an organization consultant at McKinsey & Company’s San Francisco office. As part of the McKinsey Centered Leadership Project, Susie led a team that completed the research for the Centered Leadership model. She received a B.A. and an M.B.A. from Stanford University.

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