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The Female Advantage: Women's Ways of Leadership Paperback – April 1, 1995
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The rules have changed and women already know them. Not only does this book boost all women's self-esteem, but it also charges us to realize our responsibility to the world in which we live: "...feminine principles are entering the public realm because we can no longer afford to restrict them to the domestic sphere, nor allow a public culture obsessed with Warrior values to control human destiny if we are to survive." [p.255]
Helgesen's interviews are as interesting today - and as fresh - as they were when the book was first published. We may have heard this message a few times by now, but I don't think it will ever get old.
Sally Helgesen takes apart the self limiting beliefs that constrained women from the natural power of their leadership and, even more importantly, shows that women leaders, who lead from their feminine approaches make smarter decisions and build better businesses. They experience a greater sense of personal power so that they are spending their time on what matters the most to them. When we connect our wisdom, our leadership, and our feminine approaches we are the kind of leader the world needs today.
The world has change and organizations who want to continue their success need to change. Women in leadership bring a different approach to being a leader. Wise feminine leadership is an underutilized and critically needed resource for today's growing company. As Sally says on p. 225, "The ability to model and persuade is of particular importance in an organization where authority is not imposed from the top down in hierarchical fashion. In a web structure, where talent is nurtured and encouraged rather than commanded, and a variety of interconnections exist, influence and persuasion take the place of giving orders...Compassion, empathy, inspiration, and direction - all aspects of nurturance - are connective values...."
Will we lose the competitive advantage as we amplify our feminine approaches? Sally Helgesen makes a solid case - the answer is No.
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I read this book in College and found the information useful back then...today it's still relevant.Published 13 months ago by Y. Garcia-Key
In her book, the Female Advantage, author Sally Helgesen distinguishes the basic characteristics among men and women and the advantages of these unique qualities in women when... Read morePublished on December 4, 2002 by Thida