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Women Lead the Way: Your Guide to Stepping Up to Leadership and Changing the Worldby Linda Tarr Whelan
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This is the story of how and why women's full participation in leadership matters is still seemingly a well-kept secret. To have the future we all want, women must play a more robust role in setting priorities and allocating resources. Women Lead the Way presents argument, research, and tactical guidance to help readers wedge the door open and bring more women through and up. The evidence from around the world validates the findings of the United Nations General Assembly in 1995, which set a baseline of at least 30 per cent women at the table as a prerequisite for genuine partnership and lasting, positive change in the international arena. We see the same phenomena in the business world. More women as corporate officers and members of boards of directors results in stronger financial performance. At 30 per cent representation, we see concrete, positive outcomes for everyone not just women including increased shareholder value, more flexible management approaches, a broader definition of success, and better bottom lines. More women at the table means more progress for all of us. This book helps readers get started on a win-win women-led strategy to bring about the leadership balance we all need. You will learn how to do away with cultural baggage that boxes us in, gain a clear understanding of how and why Women Lead the Way, and receive practical, road-tested tactics to help you and other women step up and into leadership.
Book News Annotation:
Women occupy only about 20 percent of leadership positions in government and business. Tarr-Whelan, an expert on women's leadership, empowers women with an approach to leadership that combines collaboration, communication, and consensus. She demonstrates the benefits of more gender-balanced leadership using business and political data from around the world. In the first part of the book, she argues that having a ratio of at least one-third women making decisions can benefit society, and confronts stereotypes and myths about women's leadership. Part II presents practical tools for making women's power more visible, helping other women, and creating networks for support and mentoring. Chapter summaries and action steps are included. Annotation ©2010 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
The story of how and why women's full participation in leadership matters is still seemingly a well-kept secret, "Women Lead the Way" presents tactical guidance to help readers wedge the door open and bring more women into leadership roles within companies.
About the Author
Linda Tarr-Whelan is a premier expert on women’s leadership in this country and internationally and a distinguished fellow of the well-known national think-tank, DEMOS. Linda was a US delegate to the UN 4th World Conference on Women in Beijing, and her career path and networks stretch across the globe. She has also held leadership roles in business, nonprofit, and political organizations, including union organizer and negotiator, lead lobbyist for a two million-member teacher’s organization, Deputy Assistant to President Jimmy Carter, and a US Ambassador appointed by President Bill Clinton.
Foreword author Marie Wilson is founder and President of The White House Project, co-creator of Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work ® Day and author of Closing the Leadership Gap: Why Women Can and Must Help Run the World
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