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The Little Black Book of Success: Laws of Leadership for Black Women [Kindle Edition]

Elaine Meryl Brown , Marsha Haygood , Rhonda Joy Mclean , Angela Burt-Murray
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)

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Book Description

In this engaging and invaluable “mentor in your pocket,” three dynamic and successful black female executives share their strategies to help all black women, at any level of their careers, play the power game—and win.

Rich with wisdom, this practical gem focuses on the building blocks of true leadership—self-confidence, effective communication, collaboration, and courage—while dealing specifically with stereotypes (avoid the Mammy Trap, and don’t become the Angry Black Woman) and the perils of self-victimization (don’t assume that every challenge occurs because you are black or female).

Some leaders are born, but most leaders are made—and The Little Black Book of Success will show you how to make it to the top, one step at a time.

From the Hardcover edition.

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

The authors, all high-level black executives, seek to "support women who do not always have access to coaches, mentors, or the 'Old Boys' Network," and their professional advice is savvy and sensitive to the challenges women of color face in the workplace. They offer self-affirming advice to rev up a career, complete with "MAMAisms"-what the authors describe as aphorisms and "familiar terms, both practical and spiritual, that we grew up with and can draw upon as we travel the road to leadership success." The authors revisit and refresh familiar tips on staying positive, honing skill sets, having a plan of action and following through, networking, and avoiding common workplace dilemmas. They also provide valuable advice on achieving work/life balance and finding guidance, mentorship, and support. Offering sound advice, practical tools, and warm wisdom, this book will help black professional women get and stay on track and maximize their abilities.
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.


“Good counsel comes to us in myriad ways.  The Little Black Book of Success clearly qualifies as one.  It’s chock full of sound and thoughtful advice on how to build a successful business career.  I commend it not just to black women, but to anyone seeking wisdom on leadership and success.”—Richard Parsons, Chairman, Citigroup
The Little Black Book of Success  is, without a doubt, one of the most comprehensive and relevant books that women can read to achieve the job success they desire. It answers the tough questions, offers experience-based insights, and outlines strategies that are sure to make you a front-runner in the race to workplace excellence.”—Elaine McCollins Flake, Co-Pastor, Greater Allen Cathedral

From the Hardcover edition.

Product Details

  • File Size: 301 KB
  • Print Length: 176 pages
  • Publisher: One World/Ballantine; 1 edition (March 2, 2010)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0036S4E2S
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #87,892 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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40 of 42 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Little Black Book April 6, 2010
This book has it flaws--I wish that the chapters were longer and a little more fleshed out; I think that the subdivision of each chapter into three parts was not always necessary; and, I wish that the authors had added more illustrative examples from their individual experiences since they each have such interesting, exciting, and successful careers. That being said, I would still recommend this book to anyone (not just African-American women) who wants to more ably manage his or her career. While I had heard some of the tips before, many of them were new and fresh, and they really helped me to reconsider ways that I could accelerate my professional progress. I also really appreciate that, rather than just spouting platitudes, the authors give specific, concrete action steps for their readers to follow in various situations--in my experince, this is rare, so the inclusion is a very notable and welcome change from what is contained in similar literature. Finally, I liked that the book was informative but still a quick and easy read--very useful when trying to balance future professional development with current professional responsiblities. All in all, a good "little black book".
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Black. Woman. Successful 4.5 Stars March 5, 2010
I smiled when I saw the title of the book, The Little Black Book of Success by Elaine Meryl Brown, Marsha Haygood and Rhonda Joy McLean, thinking, `Another self-help book for sisters.'However, the fact that Elaine Meryl Brown was one of the co-authors intrigued me because I had read her fiction titles. I will say that The Little Black Book of success is definitely a self-help book, but it is so much more. It is filled from cover to cover with life instructions, career information and simple common sense revelations. What I really enjoyed were the Mama-isms at the end of each chapter such as, `All is fair in love and business,' and a personal favorite, `There is no elevator to success; you must take the stairs.' While the book is filled with advice, it is also witty and interesting.

The Little Black Book of Success is targeted to black women, but every woman under the sun could benefit from reading it and heeding what it offers. I recommend it for all women, of all ages, persuasions or ethnicities.

This book was provided by publisher for review purposes only.

Angelia Menchan
APOOO BookClub
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply Amazing March 15, 2010
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
The Little Black Book of Success is simply amazing. I have been waiting for a book on leadership that is for women of color for a long time. I have transformed from being "average" to "above average" in the workplace as I read this book and apply the principles. I wish I had this book when I graduated from college eleven years ago. Thank you so much.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What wonderful advice! March 19, 2010
This book, written by 3 powerful women who have "been there, done that", should be required reading for all black women(or all women) who aspire to become effective leaders. Challenging, inspiring and motivating.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for Quick-Reference! August 3, 2010
This book is exactly what is says it is: "a little black book." Much like that little book of all your "go-to" numbers, reminders, and people to call for specific reasons, this book gives you the little pointers and common sense approaches for the various situations that come up in your job and career development. Keep it in your desk, be discreet, pick it up often when you need to remind yourself that a game is being played, and that there are rules, when it comes to succeeding in business. You may feel as though you already "know" the rules, but this book keeps them fresh in your mind, reminds you to be on your toes at all times, and to maintain your readiness for when the opportunities come your way. Take it from women who definitely know, and snag a copy of this gem!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nugget filled February 1, 2011
By Roo
This book is wonderful. It provided me with those nuggets you can use. I find myself thinking about the political aspects of our work environment. What keeps coming back to me is the statement, 'Recognize there is a game'. I had an opportunity to meet one of the authors Brenda and she truly blessed me. I recommend this for anyone looking to have something they can refer back to from time to time. The chapters are short but similar to the way a mentoring relationship may be. We cannot have or monopolize the time of our mentors but connect with them when we are in crisis (briefly). This books serves that same purpose.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
When it comes to books that address the issue of success, I always try to look at the track record of those giving the address. With THE LITTLE BLACK BOOK OF SUCCESS, it is hard not to try and apply the counsel given because those giving it have practiced what they preach. The book outlines some fundamental principles that all of those in business---women or men---can look at and apply in their respective careers. I don't think that books such as this should be limited to one gender, but I can appreciate the authors wanting to give advice to those they see as being sometimes left out of the discussion.

This is one that I highly suggest for anyone looking to turn their business or brand into a force of nature.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gotta Have It March 20, 2012
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This book is a must-have for women of color of all ages. The book is full of nuggets of wisdom learned from all the women in your life but neatly compiled into one little book. I like the way the book is organized. My favorite component is the MAMAisms at the end of each chapter. You have to read it in order to understand. I do wish that some of the chapters were longer but have learned from the authors that a workbook is in process. I can't wait! I would definitely recommend this book as a timeless resource.
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Empowering. I learned a few things. Which is awesome for me, because I consider myself a know it all!! :)
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This book is a very quick read that touches on every aspect leadership for women of color. It is straight to the point and a much needed book for leadership.
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