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...a sharp, carefully researched work about women and power. --International Herald Tribune, December 2, 2007

...a valuable resource for students, human-resource professionals and executives. --The Miami Herald, October 15, 2007

...a new book about the psychological dynamics of women and leadership. --The Washington Post, November 12, 2007 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Alice H. Eagly is professor and chair of psychology and faculty fellow of the Institute for Policy Research at Northwestern University. Linda L. Carli is an associate professor of psychology at Wellesley College.
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  • Series: Center for Public Leadership Center for Public Leadership
  • Hardcover: 308 pages
  • Publisher: Harvard Business Review Press (September 17, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1422116913
  • ISBN-13: 978-1422116913
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6.5 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #100,551 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
Women have needed a replacement for the glass ceiling metaphor for quite some time. Drs. Eagly and Carli have given us a wonderful new metaphor, the labyrinth, that better describes the obstacles and realities women face. For years we all have been bombarded with the impediments for women, but no one has offered practical solutions. This book eloquently defines the problem and offers hope for us all. This year all of my close friends, including some men, will receive this book from me for Christmas.
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Alice Eagly is a phenomenal writer and researcher. She has been working for decades on gender and leadership. Her newest theory, with Carli, is outstanding! She presents a new paradigm for thinking about women in the workforce and gives a preview of what is to be expected in the workforce in the upcoming years. If you have not already read this book, then what are you waiting for? The only thing that is better is having her present the work, which is sure draws a crowd! Also, for the non-academic it is an easy read with much detail on prevailing theory for the general public to understand.
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Ladies, do you think the workplace is still skewed towards white men? It's not your imagination as this book well documents. Despite a legal and cultural shift towards gender equality lingering stereotypes and workplace practices still make advancement for women tricky. Advice that a well meaning male colleague may give could backfire as this book also explains. I wish I had read this book earlier in fact because it does explain what I have seen so well.

There are a few good suggestions on what you can do now, but the authors really advocate more systematic changes in workplace culture. On a personal level, I think a next step to to examine profiles of women who have been successful leaders. One comment I do have is that we can find examples of woman leadership everywhere at all times from Queen Elizabeth I to your Girl Scout troop leader. It's a shame our society can't see the reality behind our "stereotypes"
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This is a very accurate assessment of the history of women traveling through the labyrinth. I have a couple of chapters to go but the reading is excellent and keeps your attention. A must read for any women struggling to understand the roadblocks.
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Format: Hardcover
Thoroughly researched, well organized book on women and leadership. Clearly the best one yet written. Useful both to those researching the topic and women leaders looking for a guidebook on how to manuever through what is still very much a male-oriented domain. Translates empirical findings into practical tools to use in the workplace starting immediately. Even for those familar with research in this area, the contents of this book will surprise and inform. Highly recommended.
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This is a fantastic resource for anyone interested in multidisciplinary, empirical perspectives regarding women and leadership. The text is easy to read, well-researched (drawing often from the author`s own studies and publications), and all-around interesting! I will not only use this as a resource for informing my own line of research, but also as a personal guide.

It is about time we reconsidered the overly simplistic metaphor often used in this discussion (e.g., a "pipeline" or a "glass cieling") and replaced it with "labrynth" instead- it`s certainly a more accurate term to describe the evidence from both research and practical perspectives.

(I purchased this through Amazon.de, so this is a repost of my verified purchase review there).
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Alice Eagly speaks to the masses with this book. It is important for HR management and corporate America to understand the issues regarding promotion of women to the board of directors and leadership positions.
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A well researched and well-reasoned argument for how women can reach leadership positions. Insightful analysis that reveals the gender-related complexity of issues that women face as they rise to leadership.
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