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Enlightened Power: How Women are Transforming the Practice of Leadership Hardcover – April 15, 2005

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From Publishers Weekly

Each of the 40 essays in this collection offers a unique take on the challenges women face as they emerge into positions of power. Created to disseminate the type of knowledge shared annually at the Women in Leadership Summit, the collection presents sophisticated advice on how to make such transitions work, not just for individuals, but for society. Though a bit overwhelming in number, the essays are not repetitious; in fact, they rarely overlap in their points. Most provide insight into specific work-related goals and behaviors, such as "influencing for impact," conducting difficult conversations, finding mentors and bragging constructively about accomplishments. Male-bashing is conspicuously absent. The editors' intent is more constructive than that, with nearly every chapter delivering take-away applications to one's current position and a better understanding of the errors one may have made in the past. There are, however, several touchy-feely chapters, and the foreword by David Gergen irritates with its pro-women pandering. And while the stylistic switches from chapter to chapter are mostly welcome-first person and personal from Barbara Corcoran to business-school academic from Karen Stephenson-the writing skill varies immensely across authors and some of the essays are very poorly constructed. Patient readers will be rewarded, however, with honest insight into how to make the most of their hard-fought rise through the corporate ranks and how to enjoy that success in both their professional and personal lives.
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How are women transforming the practice of leadership in the 21st century? Enlightened Power is a first-of-a-kind book that answers this question—and forever changes the traditional notions involving women in leadership.

The book features the accumulated wisdom of 40 influential men and women who represent the most compelling voices in the field, including:

  • Dynamic business leaders such as Eileen Fisher (founder, Eileen Fisher, Inc.), Barbara Corcoran (founder and chairman, The Corcoran Group), and Pat Mitchell (president and CEO, PBS)
  • Trailblazing women from other arenas such as politics (Ambassador Swanee Hunt), the military (Rear Admiral Deborah A. Loewer, USN), and sports (U.S. Olympian Marilyn King)
  • Renowned thought leaders such as Riane Eisler, Rayona Sharpnack, Sally Helgesen, Peggy Klaus, Bruce Patton, Nancy J. Adler, and Gail Evans
  • Leading-edge academics, activists, executives, entrepreneurs, and practitioners

Each provides a unique perspective on how women are transforming leadership in business, the media, education, politics, and culture across the nation—and around the world.

Tapping into the richness of the annual Women in Leadership Summit presented by Linkage, Inc., Enlightened Power contains stories of vulnerability and strength, authenticity and compassion, courage and conviction, and integrity and impact. Through these stories, the authors reveal their "enlightened power"—and provide both inspiration and practical wisdom for women leaders who want or need to bring their own enlightened power forward.

Women today—occupants of the corner office, emerging leaders, entrepreneurs, and leaders in nonprofit and noncorporate disciplines—are all seeking ways to redefine and leverage power so they can achieve personal fulfillment, extraordinary business results, and positive social change. Enlightened Power is the groundbreaking book that shows them the way.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 576 pages
  • Publisher: Jossey-Bass; 1 edition (April 15, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 078797787X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0787977870
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.8 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #382,332 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From David Gergen's foreward through Pat Mitchell's afterward, Enlightened Power forces us to contemplate the many traits that women bring to leadership positions and how they relate to our own roles as leaders. Whether you're working in corporate America or as an entrepreneur, you'll find guidance, insight and inspiration from the many contributers to this tome on women and leadership. Of particular interest to me were Kira Hower's chapter on "Influencing for Impact," and Karen Stephenson's chapter on "The Art and Science of Human Knowledge Networks." But, with such a wide variety of voices, I'm sure no matter where you are in your career, you will find articles that address your issues - that's the beauty of pulling together a number of different voices and viewpoints.
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This book is a wonderful addition to anyone's personal or professional library, advancing the timely discussion on women, leadership and achievement with essays from David Gergen, Pat Mitchell, Peggy Klaus, Karen Stephenson, Pat Schaffer, Eileen Fisher...all with kernels of wisdom on women, leadership, and the effects that women have had on leaders.

Take a look at the introduction by Lin Coughlin, Chief Administrative Office at Cendant, and the essay by Ellen Winguard, Executive Coach...for a good overview of the messages in the book.

But the most wonderful thing about Enlightened Power is its very personalized stories and words of wisdom from each contributor. This is the perfect gift, and an inspiration to all.
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Anyone who lives or works with high functioning, hard working women (which I do) will recognize them and the anecdotes offered in Englightened Power. They are spirited, highly committed to their causes, and passionate about making a difference in their worlds-- academic, corporate and public service. And these organizations are lucky to have them.
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With so many books on leadership, it's rare that one stands out as both comprehensive and new. I was skeptical that a book on "women's leadership" could effectively speak to both genders. I was surprised. While, I don't necessarily agree with all of the authors, I do appreciate the common theme that the best leaders do more listening, collaborating, and coalition-building. We can all get in that boat!
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Enlightened Power feels like the most comprehensive book ever written on women and leadership. It provides perspective on leadership from over 40 successful women, allowing the reader to find infinite ways to reinforce their leadership behaviors or learn new ways to accelerate their skill level. Each of the chapters is unique, so as to allow for multiple learnings and reference points.
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I have been looking for an answer to the question of how women have influenced leadership for such a long time and this book is it! You learn how to lead without power and control, dominance, and just to be a more effective, and influential leader...from people like David Gergen, Peggy Klaus, Rayona Sharpnack, Barbara Corcoran, Eileen Fisher (the designer).
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This book contains fascinating conceptual articles on the changing nature of leadership and inspiring stories illustrating how women have created successful careers for themselves. I was particularly impressed by chapters that showed how the masculine traits of domination and control need to be replaced by organizational models based on collaboration and facilitation. Convincing evidence is cited for the value of feminine traits and the need to promote more women to senior executive roles. One writer discusses how feminine traits foster collaboration within organizations and between them and their strategic partners. I think these domains are ideally suited to feminine traits. But, there was no mention of the traits required for successful competition in aggressive markets. Here, I think, we still need masculine traits, whether in men or women. More generally, I don't think promoting more women to senior executive positions goes far enough. Organizational cultures need to change to foster a better balance of masculine and feminine traits, one to facilitate internal collaboration and the other for aggressive competitiveness externally. Books like this are great for stimulating our thinking about these vital issues.
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