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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Berrett-Koehler Publishers; 1 edition (October 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1605091359
  • ISBN-13: 978-1605091358
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.4 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 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: #990,332 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

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.

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"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.


More About the Author

Linda Tarr-Whelan is a Distinguished Senior Fellow at Demos and leader of the Women's Leadership Initiative (www.demos.org/wli). Her new book is informed by her varied career as a nurse, management consultant, advocate, non-profit leader, communicator, union negotiator and government official at the state, national and international levels. Follow her via her website www.lindatarrwhelan.com or her Twitter, @womenleadtheway.

Tarr-Whelan served as Ambassador to the UN Commission on the Status of Women in the Clinton Administration and as Deputy Assistant for Women's Concerns to President Jimmy Carter in the Carter White House. She was the first nurse appointed to these positions. Ladies Home Journal named her as one of the 50 most powerful women in Washington. She also serves as Chair of the National Advisory Council for the Pax World Resources Women's Equity Fund.

Her policy experience has also included a sub-cabinet appointment in New York State government, director of policy for a large public sector union and chief lobbyist for the National Education Association. As CEO of the Center for Policy Alternatives, the leading progressive policy and leadership center for the 50 states, she focused on women and the economy. She and her husband created a successful international management consultancy that worked with leaders of foundations, non-profits and international organizations.

Linda began her career as a nurse and holds a BSN from Johns Hopkins, an MS from the University of Maryland, and honorary PhDs from Chatham University in Pittsburgh and Plymouth State University in New Hampshire. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing. Linda and Keith, who have two adult children and three grandchildren, live on St. Helena Island, SC.

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Easy tips on how each of us can make a difference.
Donna Klein
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.
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This book should be read by every woman, especially those who are in a position to mentor other women.
Sondra Carter

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Donna Klein on September 18, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Women Lead the Way is a powerful analysis of the status of women in the world. But it is truly groundbreaking in one way that many previous books of its type are not:
it provides a concrete guideline as to how EVERY women, regardless of where you are in your life - student, homemaker, career woman, or retiree - can impact the status quo and contribute to the advancement of women. Each reader should pay special attention to the "This Week I Will..." boxes. Easy tips on how each of us can make a difference.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Sharin Between on November 7, 2009
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Thank you Linda for this incredible book. The conversation about why we need women has shifted dramatically of late, and your book summarizes all the reasons for it. Adding women is no longer just the 'right thing to do', but rather there is clear evidence that it is in everyone's self interest as it is a key to economic growth and prosperity for all. We are not fully utilizing the skills, wisdom and resources of one half of the world's population, and it is this recognition and this shift that will change the direction of our collective future for the better. It is about "critical mass" and we all have to embrace the strategies that will get us there. What is great about your book is you give everyone something to do. As an individual we can both know and use our power to address minor inequities that we face every day, and as a CEO we can choose to have a minimum of 30% women on our board of directors. Progress has been slow and that may be because we have not seen the need to change. Don't we see it now? We had a financial crisis and are still in the midst of an economic crisis, and by the way much of the rest of the world has always been facing crisis of violence and poverty. This is a book for everyone. Young, old, men and women.... buy many copies and give it to everyone and change the world. ( JZ )
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Catherine Kennedy on October 10, 2009
Format: Hardcover
As a young professional, this book gives me a framework for my future with concrete steps and helpful resources that I can go back to. I am inspired by Tarr-Whelan's approach to adjusting the current expectations around how a leader should lead including her 30% solution. I can't wait to get started on Monday!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By William Keyserling on September 9, 2009
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Powerful insights from a powerful human being. Linda Tarr-Whelan has made an invaluable contibution to understanding and celebrating the often unrecognized achievements of women and even more importantly she lays out common sense approaches for all of us to step forward and realize their leadership potential in the future. A good read. An important and well told story.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mrs A on August 6, 2010
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What a book! I just wish I had been able to read it when I was 20-30 years younger! Not all is lost however as my daughter now has it to read and she is in her early 30's. I feel it should be a must for all young women going into the work place so a very useful gift. I also feel that men could learn from reading this book and it may just help to speed up the process of getting more women into top posts. I particularly liked "This Week I Will" sections , it gave me a feeling that the list was more than achievable and of great benefit going in the right direction. I also particularly liked the chapter " Lifting as we climb". Thank you for a book that I am pleased to have read and I will help it do the rounds here in England.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Steve Brotzman on October 14, 2009
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A journey always begins with the first step and, all too often, womens' participation in the social, political and business arenas has been hampered by how, when and why to take that first step.

Tarr-Whelan's book provides such guidance in clearly understood language. Her examples of the successes of women in all walks of life provide support for those considering taking on the "status quo" to bring about change. Her strategies for goal accomplishment are readily customized to individual situations, from modest undertaking to major enterprise.

The book is a practical, easy to follow progression of ideas and subsequent actions that also helps build a woman's confidence in her own judgment and ability to make a difference.

The perfect gift for every woman on every occasion!

Connie Brotzman
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Wanda R. Brice on September 17, 2009
Format: Hardcover
This excellent book points out the mistakes of not having enough women in leadership and the opportunities for all of us by adding them. It also calls women of all ages to activism in every sphere of life to bring American leadership models into the 21st century. She correctly reviews the improvements possible by having a gender balance in leadership at all levels of private and public policy decision-making.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Julie Clayton VINE VOICE on December 30, 2009
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Women Lead the Way

This book about women stepping up to our leadership roles in social and economic power activated many conflicting emotions in me. It is, primarily, directed toward women in business that are already in a position to make a significant difference in decision-making processes. This leaves me out, I felt, since my lifestyle and contributions are more right-brained than left. And yet in all fairness, the author makes it clear that she is speaking to all women, and gives numerous practical examples of how women not in the business world can support and participate in women's leadership.

Ninety years after achieving the right to vote, women in the United States still only account for about 15% of the key positions of political and economic power in this country. And yet, women hold more higher education degrees, account for 80% of consumer decisions, and the sales generated by women-owned businesses equals the GDP of China. This and all that it represents in terms of the continuing inequality of pay, dismissing of women's concerns, and dogmatic attachment to a hierarchical status quo, aroused a deep, cellular rage of injustice within me, which was quickly followed by shame that I have allowed myself to be so passive about using my own voice and power to enact change. But Tarr-Whelan is not rabble rousing and wisely advises women to move beyond divisive thinking and look for how women's issues are also collective issues. She also acknowledges that both men and women are involved in, and benefit from, women achieving a critical mass at decision-making tables.
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