Starred Review. A smart, illuminating work for women (and the men who work with them), this leadership self-help from prominent women's issues scholar and advocate Tarr-Whelan presents a discussion of women's leadership styles and roles rooted in theory, research, and a shining intellect, as well as thorough knowledge of the practicalities of the modern workplace. While some arguments are familiar (a future filled with women executives will benefit women and men alike), Tarr-Whelan also digs up men's strategies worth paying attention to-for instance, fostering tomorrow's leaders while climbing the career ladder yourself. Many of Tarr-Whelan's ideas are surprisingly simple, and at times counter-intuitive, but she's clear in her reasons for questioning studies that don't disaggregate results by gender: revelations include women investors make fewer mistakes than males-less likely to make trades based on emotion, more likely to use the advice of experts. Tarr-Whelan also introduces useful vocabulary to encapsulate her ideas, including "womenomics" as a mainstream business issue, and "first women" as a vital peer group. Conversational and eye-opening, with many narrative illustrations and concrete advice, Tarr-Whelan's text could prove an important volume for working women looking to advance and enrich their careers.
"Linda has produced the first seriously practical guide to stepping up to leadership. Her clear, concise, down to earth approach challenges us all to keep moving forward and leading the way. Any woman [or man] reading this book can be left in no doubt of what needs doing and more importantly, how to do it. A must read."
- Rt Hon Baroness Catherine Ashton, EU Trade Commissioner [the first woman British Commissioner and first woman Trade Commissioner].
'Straightforward, empathetic and balanced, this compelling guide tells the stories that women positively engaged in changing the world will recognise. Though American in background, the messages are international and well researched. From the time of Hypatia of Alexandria through to the present day, women like Linda Tarr-Whelan do make a difference. Let's listen."
- Dr Melissa Hardie, Director, The Hypatia Trust Honorary Fellow, Exeter University.
This book I can't say enough about. It was written by a former U.N. Ambassador for Women's rights Linda Tarr- Whelan who speaks around the country. Read morePublished 6 months ago by A. Gardner
This is the most compelling book I have ever read in regards to women and leadership. I would recommend it to any woman in any profession.Published 6 months ago by Patricia Taylor
This book should be read by every woman, especially those who are in a position to mentor other women. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Sondra Carter
The writer has excellent points to make, but it's tough to get through the book. She is an excellent speaker, however and would recommend seeing her in person if you get the... Read morePublished on October 27, 2012 by Tanya Henderson
This book was purchased to be read by us, then donated to our church library, as it was one of the books listed on the reading list. Read morePublished on February 29, 2012 by lw
"Close your eyes and imagine a 'leader'. What do you see? Extensive studies show that in the United States, the visual image for almost everyone is a man. Read morePublished on November 1, 2010 by Elaine Cohen
I have been very impressed by this book. It is easy to read and provides back up research for much of the material. Read morePublished on June 20, 2010 by Nan Franks
This book is a must read for all young women who want to become leaders and have a say in the decision process that affects all women. Read morePublished on May 10, 2010 by Joyce Schuetz
Finally -- a leadership guide for women that is well-written, practical and inspiring! I love the stories of women who have made such a difference and concrete tips. Read morePublished on March 23, 2010 by Frannie Tosca