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How Great Women Lead: A Mother-Daughter Adventure into the Lives of Women Shaping the World Hardcover – April 24, 2012


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Center Street; 1 edition (April 24, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446579270
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446579278
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.3 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #448,141 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"I have been an avid student of leadership for nearly 40 years, reading thousands of books on leaders from all walks of life and on the general subject of leadership excellence. This is the first book in this territory where my first thought was to share it with my wife and daughter. Bonnie and Darcy have created a fresh conversation about leadership from a woman's perspective which is well crafted and very much needed. I highly recommend it."

---Douglas R. Conant, retired president and CEO, Campbell Soup Company, New York Times Bestselling author of TouchPoints

"Bonnie and Darcy have created a new genre: bringing together inspired narrative with valuable advice from some of the most influential women of our time. This mother-daughter adventure gives us a firsthand account of the journey future female leaders will experience as they embrace the wisdom, strength and influence from those that came before them. As a mother of two daughters, I loved the book!"

---Rohini Anand, senior vice president and global chief diversity officer, Sodexo

"Bonnie is one of the five most inspiring women in America."—Brian Williams, NBC Nightly News

"Bonnie St. John has, against all odds, found great joy in her life. And rather than hoarding it...she generously shares the treasure."—Jeannette Walls, New York Times bestselling author of The Glass Castle

"How Strong Women Pray is a powerful book that teaches us valuable lessons about prayer, about ourselves and about God's open heart toward each one of us"—-Debbie Macomber, author of Knit Together: Discover God's Pattern for Your Life

"With all the things we have to worry about in the world today--terrorists, the crises on Wall Street, and global warming-- Live Your Joy leaves you feeling stronger, more resilient, and more energized so you can feel in charge of your life."—Joan Lunden, author and TV personality

"Bonnie's life is proof that we can all be happy no matter what. Read Live Your Joy to walk a while alongside her and learn how to do it."—Marci Shimoff, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Happy for No Reason

About the Author

Despite having her right leg amputated at age five, Bonnie St. John became the first African-American to win Olympic medals in ski racing--silver and two bronze medals in downhill events at the 1984 Paralympics. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Harvard University, won a Rhodes Scholarship to Oxford, and was appointed by President Clinton to the White House National Economic Council.

Today Bonnie travels the globe as a highly sought after keynote speaker, leadership trainer, and television personality. NBC Nightly News called her "One of the five most inspiring women in America." She has been featured extensively in both national and international media including: The Today Show, CNN, CBS Morning News, NBC News, and The New York Times, as well as People, O, and Essence magazines. Bonnie's other books include How Strong Women Pray and Live Your Joy.

Darcy Deane attends high school in New Jersey as well as the Online High School at Stanford University where she founded a virtual, global Model United Nations club. Home schooled until sixth grade, she has traveled extensively throughout all fifty states, and many countries abroad. Darcy is interested in a career as a linguistic anthropologist and studies Chinese, Spanish, and ancient Greek.

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This book was a great inspiration for women everywhere who have an inclination to become a great leader!
Christine Hanson
I wish it were a bit more direct without as much filler about the mother-daughter experience of writing the book.
Julie Olden
We thank Bonnie St. John and Darcy Deane for writing this enlightening book and wish them continued success!
Krystal Strickland

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Selena Rezvani on May 28, 2012
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So many interview compilations present the stories of women leaders -- and put the burden on the reader to pull out the highlights and critical points. This is not that book! The beauty of HOW GREAT WOMEN LEAD is that the leadership profiles - of women like Sheryl Sandberg, Hillary Clinton, Geena Davis, and Condoleeza Rice to name a few - contain only carefully picked advice and stories. As a reader, this makes you keen to keep reading on and keeps you engaged as each new woman is introduced. The background "story" is also compelling: after all, how often do a mother and teenage daughter set out to learn about leadership together? My favorite element of the book is hearing the reactions to the interviews through the eyes of both a teenage young woman - as well as her remarkable and accomplished mother, a woman who's faced lots of adversity and triumphed. Yes, it's every mother's dream that her young daughter would get an education like the interview experiences presented in this book. But by sharing the best nuggets with all of us, Bonnie St. John and Darcy Dean make each of us feel like maybe we were in the interview room too.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Christina Somerville on May 22, 2012
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I was excited to read this book because of the topic. I love to learn about the thinking and decisions of successful women. A book like this is meant to offer the reader that intimate access rarely given. I wanted to really like this book but it disappointed me so much. The "meat" I was looking for was buried in extraneous and fluffy narrative about the authors' agendas and dialogue outside these coveted interviews. It proved to be such a distraction that it was very difficult to get through the book. I wish they just highlighted the actual interviews so I could skip to them directly. I see the cleverness of the whole Mother/Daughter angle but this book really fell flat.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By C. Williams on June 14, 2012
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This book is an easy read and the interviews with these amazing women are very inspiring. There is a lot of fluff and a little bit of gloating, but the interviews are truly worth the read. I was very inspired by what those amazing women said and achieved and to get a glimpse at their struggles and triumphs and their candid responses was invaluable. I think they did a great job with the book and I definitely recommend it. I love the fact they interviewed a variety of types of people, across culture, career field, age, etc. Women young and old will be able to relate to these remarkable leaders. If I had a daughter, I would absolutely get her a copy.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By JF on July 23, 2012
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I have been searching for a book on women and leadership for quite a well and was overjoyed to find a book that focused on the different types of women leaders and the different ways that they lead! I found the book to be very inspirational and insightful! Whether leading a multi-billion dollar organization, a global non-profit organization, a country or a family, this book provides a bird's eye view of the passion of women leaders and the impact that they are having on society. What made it even more meaningful was that it was also seen from a young woman's eyes - it opened the door for the next generation of women leaders to feel empowered and proud of what they can accomplish. I highly recommend this for women (and men) of all ages!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By goGIRLglobal on May 29, 2012
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We just received our first copies of your book - cracked it open and read the Eileen Fisher chapter! This book is fantastic - truly a gift to women everywhere, and a mother-daughter treasure. It will be a "go to" gift for every woman in our life and an add on to our list of resources online for growing girls. Thank you for creating the perfect blend of reality using mother-daughter insights and the real lives of epic women around the world.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Danielle Rollieson on May 23, 2012
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I saw Bonnie St. John promoting this book on Tavis Smiley's show and immediately ran out to buy it. I was not at all disappointed. In fact, I was greatly inspired! It was very well written, thoughtful and necessary. It was just the type of meaningful literature I've been seeking to read. At times, I even found myself moved to tears from the powerful words being spoken by such remarkable women. Truly a must read!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lori on August 14, 2012
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I love this book, and this is a true testament to what women and girls around the world are capable of doing if given the chance to grow and flourish in this world. A must read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Krystal Strickland on July 21, 2012
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Women's leadership is such a rich topic. Following the authors, an accomplished, exceptional woman and her teenage daughter, in exploring women's leadership is captivating. A particular interview in How Great Women Lead with Amy Pascal inspired us to challenge our friends and readers to find their gift; the thing that's different about them that will make them succeed. This book motivates us to continue supporting women leaders and change the way women think about themselves professionally. We thank Bonnie St. John and Darcy Deane for writing this enlightening book and wish them continued success!
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