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Leadership and the Sexes: Using Gender Science to Create Success in Business Hardcover – August 25, 2008
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Books like this one play loose with scientific facts in the service of reinforcing social stereotypes. These stereotypes tend to be heavily internalized by men and women, so that they actually influence their performance on tests, causing them to perform less well than they might otherwise. This phenomenon is called stereotype threat - you can google it. Because of stereoptype threat, we can't even be sure the small differences we see between genders on objective performance tests reflect genuine differences in potential, or are merely reflections of social sterotypes.Read more ›
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Most valuable, this book also includes some practical, easy to use tools and approaches that I applied in my work (and home) -- immediately.
From Michael Gurian we finally have a serious, business-oriented, fact-based, value/politics free knowledgebase and resources for moving to the next generation of gender effectiveness and mobilizing the special skills and capabilities of women and men.
So much of the current "gender diversity" approaches and rhetoric, presentations and training programs are based on feel-good ideology and anecdotes. For example, trying to make guys more like women or women less "aggressive." I've been involved in a lot of these and everybody's eyes just glaze over now.
I've been buying this book for my friends and it has made a difference in their work right away.
To think that this self-styled "philosopher," WITHOUT ANY MEDICAL OR SCIENTIFIC TRAINING, could go on publishing this junk!! Someone must put a stop to Michael Gurian and his absurd "brain-based" claims about gender differences. The real data on sex differences in the human brain are much more subtle and of no known behavioral signficance.
If women have trouble as leaders it is because our society still unconsciously associates the word "leader" with "male." So women need to sidestep in all these careful ways to get their point across and encourage others to follow them without appearing pushy or unfeminine.
Ah, but if we tell people it's all "hardwired," then we don't have to change our stereotypes--or our power structure!
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Good information for the workplace. I found the section on neurological differences the most useful. The end of the book seemed to get more general and less useful. Read morePublished 20 months ago by TJ
I am doing a research paper on gender in the workplace exactly what I was looking for!! Guardian is right on point- more businesses need to recognize the differences!!Published on December 25, 2012 by curiousgreeneyes
Book arrived on time and is in excellent condition. I am very satisfied with the purchase.Published on November 2, 2009 by DN
This pleasant book is easy to read and easy to apply. What's enjoyable about the book, beyond the clarity of the writing, is the positive tone Michael Gurian and Barbara Annis... Read morePublished on February 16, 2009 by Rolf Dobelli
I bought this book for a Leadership & Gender class. I thought it was going to be a typical college course bore, but was actually really interesting and taught me a lot. Read morePublished on February 10, 2009 by Danielle Hume