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Product Details

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Crown Business; Reprint edition (December 27, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 030746170X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307461704
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.8 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #19,060 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"How Remarkable Women Lead offers some interesting ideas, such as learning to frame events in a positive light and to adapt to setbacks with optimism rather than self-doubt and pessimism. But some of the book's interviews with top executives—like Avon's Andrea Jung, Xerox's Anne Mulcahy and former Qantas chairman Margaret Jackson—are long on platitudes and short on the details of how these business leaders handled various challenges."--The Wall Street Journal


"We are always looking for new perspectives on growing great women leaders. How Remarkable Women Lead is a great read, with real insights and actionable ideas! The inspiring stories give an intimate look at how remarkable women really get things done, providing a development model valuable to both women and men. This refreshing and action-oriented book stands out!"
—Susan P. Peters, vice president, executive development and chief learning officer, General Electric

"What makes this book singular and valuable is its wide-lens focus on the personal qualities that lead to exemplary leadership. Don't be taken in by the title: men have as much to learn from this book as women."
—Warren Bennis, distinguished professor of Business Administration and university professor, University of Southern California, and author of On Becoming a Leader

"Here are the stories of amazing women leaders in the context of an imaginative and pragmatic framework that rests on a rich fact base. It puts to rest stereotypes we have about who leaders are and how to lead. The seeds for our future are in here. The new CEO is a woman or a man who is not afraid to drop the John Wayne costume."
—Gary Hamel, author of The Future of Management and Leading the Revolution

"How Remarkable Women Lead is a book that will truly resonate with all women. It is personal, powerful, and revealing and thereby true to how we women live and lead. The storytelling makes this unlike any business book I know; these are people who have faced every challenge imaginable and still made their mark. So truthful, so revealing, it's a book at once inspirational and practical–a unique duality."
—Elizabeth Smith, president, Avon Products, Inc.

"Over the years, I have worked with many remarkable women leaders. I know from personal experience that the talent is there, waiting to be tapped and developed. Investing in women leaders is not only the right thing to do, it makes clear business sense. Developing top talent for high performance is both an art and a science. Joanna Barsh and Susie Cranston provide the vision and the practical ideas to make this competitive opportunity a reality."
—Terry Lundgren, chairman, president, and CEO, Macy's, Inc.

"Today's business environment demands fresh ideas–and this book delivers them. It is a great reading experience, with inspiration on every page. How Remarkable Women Lead has lessons for both men and women and tells them through powerful intimate stories. Is it possible to fall in love with a business book about leadership? Yes!"
—Gerald Storch, chairman and CEO, Toys "R" Us, Inc.



From the Hardcover edition.

About the Author

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.



From the Hardcover edition.

More About the Author

Director Emeritus at McKinsey & Company after 30+ years, Joanna Barsh is also the best-selling author of "How Remarkable Women Lead." Her new book, "Centered Leadership," is the companion piece that teaches you the skills, tools, and practices along with new stories that inspire and encourage. Joanna created and launched The Centered Leadership Project in 2008 at McKinsey & Company in collaboration with dozens of colleagues to accelerate development of aspiring leaders.

Joanna is a strong advocate for women. Invited by Mayor Bloomberg, Joanna served on NYC's Commission on Women's Issues from 2002 to 2013. She led ground-breaking research on unlocking the potential of women for The Wall Street Journal's Women in the Economy Task Force in 2011 and 2012 and for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in 2013. She has spoken with many business and government leaders on women's advancement, including Australia, Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, Jordan, Malaysia, Norway, Saudi Arabia, Spain, Sweden, and the U.K. A member of the U.S. State Department's International Council on Women's Business Leadership, Joanna helped launch a program to develop women leaders globally.

Joanna serves on the Genesco board and Sesame Workshop. She holds degrees from the University of Pennsylvania, the University of Chicago and Harvard Business School, where she was a Baker Scholar.

Johanne Lavoie is a master expert in McKinsey's Organization Practice. In 2009, Johanne joined Joanna to create and launch Centered Leadership as a learning program for executives. Today she is the Dean of the Centered Leadership Program globally. With Joanna and dozens of practitioners inside and outside the firm, Johanne leads development of a range of programs from workshops to longer programs for those who aspire to lead, starting with self-mastery.

Johanne mixes twenty years of business consulting with expertise in adult development and organization culture at Fortune 100 companies. Johanne serves on the advisory board and faculty of the Banff Leadership Center. She has an MBA from the Harvard Business School.

Customer Reviews

The book balances anecdotal stories with evidence based on years of research.
Lara Shackelford
What Barsh and Cranston share can help them to regain their self-confidence, energy, and - most important of all - their faith in what they can accomplish.
Robert Morris
Bottom LIne, I hope many young aspiring professional women will read this book to gain an understanding of Centered Leadership.
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49 of 50 people found the following review helpful By Susan A. Bailey on October 8, 2009
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Given that I am a vascular surgeon, I was not sure if this book would apply to my life or resonate with me personally, but after reading it on the insistence of a friend, I found it to be an amazing lesson on how to authentically structure one's work life so that it can be productive and rewarding even if you are not "leading" in the traditional sense. Follow the leads in this book and you will be a leader by example if nothing else. I couldn't put the book down, the stories of the women in this book were gripping and inspiring....every woman should read this book.
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34 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Janelle Shubert on October 30, 2009
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Let's make this easy: just buy it! You won't be sorry!
As the director of a women's leadership program at a college, I get an opportunity to read (and review) dozens of books on women's leadership. I also get the pleasure of hosting some of the authors. While there are some good (even very good) books and some good (even very good) authors-as-presenters, rarely do these two dimensions come togther in ways that are intellectually intriguiging, inspiring and just plain enormous fun and engaging. How Remarkable Women Lead, accomplishes all of this as a book. But if you get a chance to actually hear the author, Joanna Barsh present, run, don't walk. She's magic.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Nancy S. Mckay on October 3, 2009
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I have throroughly enjoyed this book. It is real, yet inspiring on many levels. Joanna gives you a very real view of women leaders and helps to frame how they make it through tough times-which is what I need now-and I think many leaders need. Her concept of Centered Leadership is a strong life model and I found myself making lots of notes in the margins with "to do's" in my own work life. Like many leaders, this is a particularly tough time to lead and this book helped me to reframe what I have to offer my team and my colleagues. I am buying copies for all of my direct reports with the intent that they will share many of the concepts with their teams.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Bold Consumer TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 5, 2010
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The more I got into this book, the better it got. Toward the end I didn't want to put it down. I found myself reaching for my highlighter, a sure sign that there was good information there that I don't want to lose.

Some chapters in this book didn't really reach out and grab me, because they better apply to women starting out in their careers. I found a chapter that not only reached out and grabbed me, but it shouted at me! I suspect that most women will find something worthwhile in this book, even if not every chapter applies. I found a technique that I hope will help me avoid one of my problematic habits.

In addition to my problem section, which I will not share here, <grin>, I particularly enjoyed the chapter on making your own luck. "The core lesson in engaging is taking charge and making things happen for yourself." That's an improvement over what seems to be the trend, especially since the internet, message boards, etc., where everyone plays the victim. "This is what was done to me" and "How dare you tell me I should take responsibility for myself when these people have mistreated me." The author tells us we have to recognize what we want and then take steps to get it. You have to take a few risks, and before you do, you need to "know what you know and what you don't know."

There are stories and excellent quotes throughout the book from leaders, women and men, to illustrate the points the author is making.

Adapting To The New Realities is a section I would like to recommend along with the Stepping up to Lead. "You can manage a lot of people, but to lead you have to inspire, not intimidate. Have passion and compassion.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Robert Morris HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 16, 2009
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How Remarkable Women Lead: The Breakthrough Model for Work and Life
Joanna Barsh and Susie Cranston with Geoffrey Lewis
Crown Business (2011)

Bon voyage!

As I read this book co-authored by Joanna Barsh and Susie Cranston, with substantial assistance provided by Geoffrey Lewis, I realized that remarkable men lead others in much the same way that, as Barsh and Cranston explain, remarkable women do: by leveraging their talent, desire to lead, and tolerance for change within all areas of their lives. Barsh and Cranston characterize this as "Centered Leadership" within five separate but interdependent dimensions: Meaning, Framing, Connecting, Engaging, and Energizing. They devote a separate chapter to each of the five. However they are named and defined, these are areas in which aspiring leaders are challenged to attract the support of others. The greater challenge is to sustain that support. What Barsh and Cranston share in this book is what they learned from five years of rigorous and extensive research that involved hundreds of remarkable women in all manner of leadership positions.

What they call "the journey to the center" is one of the most important themes in their narrative, strikingly similar to what Bill George and Peter Sims describe in True North: a three-phase "journey to authentic leadership" which begins with character formation and culminates (not concludes) with full development of authentic leadership within five separate but related dimensions: pursuing purpose with passion, practicing purpose with passion, practicing solid values, leading with heart, establishing connected relationships, and demonstrating self-discipline. Hundreds (thousands?
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