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About the Author

SHARON HADARY is Principal of Sharon Hadary & Co. and founding and former executive director of the Center for Women’s Business Research. She teaches, writes, and speaks nationally on women’s leadership.

LAURA HENDERSON is President of Hen¬derson Associates and founder and for¬mer President and CEO of Prospect As¬sociates. She serves on boards, consults on strategy and business issues, and is active in education advocacy.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education; 1 edition (September 4, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071781250
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071781251
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #321,393 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book was a gift from my mom, right before I was interviewing for a new job. I ended up getting the job, which was two levels above my current position. I can definitely say it was in part due to the information in this book. The most useful chapter was entitled Advocate Unabashedly for Yourself. Women, in general, tend to have a harder time taking credit for and selling their accomplishments. Thus we get passed over for promotions and better assignments. The big take aways from this chapter are:

· Develop a brand that is uniquely yours
· Think of yourself as a valuable asset
· Create an executive presence
· Build your reputation strategically
· Track and quantify your successes
· Do your research
· Ask for what you want

This book was also a quick read. Highly recommended!
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Actually, the eight strategies that Sharon Hadary and Laura Henderson identify and discuss in this volume can (with only minor modification) help almost anyone to achieve success. They are only indirectly gender-specific and validated by more than 20 years of research that involved thousands of women in all manner of organizations. Hadary and Henderson address three separate but related, critically important questions:

1. What differentiates women who have attained senior-level executive positions from those who haven't?
2. What can women who aspire to attain those positions learn from the experiences of others?
3. How to close the current gaps and eliminate the current barriers?

Of special interest to me is the biographical material about Hadary and Henderson (their stories are provided in Pages xv-xvi) as well as what they learned (and now share) from 14 C-level women whose experiences, insights, concerns are woven within the lively as well as eloquent narrative. These women refused to "wait for the system to fix itself," speak frankly about the formidable challenges, used the eight strategies effectively, and now do all they can to help other women to achieve success, however they may define it. They represent a remarkably diverse group of organizations that include Pfizer Worldwide Research, Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts, IBM, Office Depot, and Medical Services Corps of the U.S. Army.
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This books contains many interesting facts that surprised me about women in the world of business (such as the fact that close to half of all privately held businesses are owned by women). Additionally, it brings to light a refreshing perspective that, instead of pushing women's unique attributes under the rug, women can utilize their differences with men in order to lead effectively and expertly.
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"How Women Lead" by Hadary and Henderson is a good book about how women lead not just differently from men, but in a way that they can be highly successful and bring great benefits to the businesses they work in. The book is a "how to" be successful guide for women based on advice from women who are already leaders in their chosen fields. The list of c-level manager, directors, officers, and vice-presidents that share their stories and suggestions make the book both interesting and invaluable. These women leaders came from various backgrounds and highlight the differences in for-profit, non-profit, and military career choices. Their compilation of comments resulted in the 8 strategies suggested in the book. These strategies include keys actions like: empowering self, planning career moves, how to brand yourself, the importance of knowing business and finance, team-building, and integrating home and work life in a way that works best for individual values.

I think every working woman who wants to have a successful career and feel good about it should read strategy 7. It will help them reduce feelings of guilt about working outside the home and make them feel better. It will also encourage them to make the kind of plans necessary for professional growth and personal enrichment, while allowing time for family and friends.
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I highly recommend this book to everyone as it helps us understand not only the differences in leadership styles, but that to be a "leader" one does not need to be the first in line or the most outspoken. A successful and influential leader can be the individual working behind the scenes, coordinating events and making sure that goals are met. It lets us know that it's OK to advocate unabashedly on our own behalf, that rather than to add stress to our lives with the "work/life balance" concept, life is more about "integration" and "setting priorities" according to what's happening in the now, as our priorities will undoubtedly change as time goes on and life's circumstances change.

And to always, always, always leave yourself open to serendipity. Wonderful, life-changing events can happen, if you allow it. That's how I met co-author Sharon Hadary and my life has changed for the better since that evening in Palm Beach, Florida where we very serendipitously met. I happen to have been traveling with this book and she graciously signed it for me. I did not know she would be attending the conference.

Sharon Hadary and Laura Henderson are two incredibly articulate and intelligent women who are sharing decades of experience with us and I am very appreciative of their time and guidance. There is much to be learned from their joint effort in writing this great book.
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