How Remarkable Women Lead: The Breakthrough Model for Work and Life

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Based on five years of proprietary research, How Remarkable Women Lead speaks to you as no other book has, with its hopeful outlook and unique ideas about success. It's the new "right stuff" of leadership, raising provocative issues such as whether feminine leadership traits (for women and men) are better suited for our fast-changing, hyper-competitive, and increasingly complex world.

In this book, McKinsey & Company consultants Joanna Barsh and Susie Cranston establish the ...

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Overview

Based on five years of proprietary research, How Remarkable Women Lead speaks to you as no other book has, with its hopeful outlook and unique ideas about success. It's the new "right stuff" of leadership, raising provocative issues such as whether feminine leadership traits (for women and men) are better suited for our fast-changing, hyper-competitive, and increasingly complex world.

In this book, McKinsey & Company consultants Joanna Barsh and Susie Cranston establish the links between joy, happiness, and distinctive performance with the groundbreaking model of Centered Leadership.

The book's personal stories and related insights show you the magic that happens when you put the five elements of Centered Leadership–meaning, framing, connecting, engaging, and energizing, to work. They include:

  • How Alondra de la Parra built on her strengths and passions to infuse her life with meaning and make her way in the male-dominated world of orchestra conducting
  • How Andrea Jung, the CEO of Avon, avoided a downward spiral when the company turned down by "firing herself" on Friday and re-emerging on Monday as the "new" turnaround CEO
  • How Ruth Porat's sponsors at Morgan Stanley not only helped her grow but were also her ballast for coping with difficult personal and professional times
  • How Eileen Naughton recovered after losing her dream job, landing on her feet at Google and open to a new leadership opportunity
  • How Julie Coates of Woolworth's Australia makes energy key to her professional success, with reserves for her "second shift" as wife and mother

How Remarkable Women Lead is both profoundly moving and actionable. No matter who you are, this book will help you attain a practical plan for breaking through at both work and in life.
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"The seeds for our future are in here. The new CEO is a woman or a man who is not afraid to drop the John Wayne costume." —-Gary Hamel, author of The Future of Management
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780307461704
  • Publisher: Crown Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 12/27/2011
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 133,431
  • Product dimensions: 5.24 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.86 (d)

Meet the Author


Joanna Barsh, coauthor of How Remarkable Women Lead, is a senior partner at McKinsey & Company and leader of the McKinsey Centered Leadership Project.

Susie Cranston, coauthor of How Remarkable Women Lead, is an organization consultant at McKinsey & Company's San Francisco office.

Geoffrey Lewis, coauthor of How Remarkable Women Lead, is a journalist and editor.

Pam Ward has performed in a variety of venues, but she found her true calling reading books for the blind and physically handicapped for the Library of Congress Talking Books program, for which she received the prestigious Alexander Scourby Award from the American Foundation for the Blind. She is also an AudioFile Earphones Award winner.

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Table of Contents

The Amazing Women Leaders ix

Foreword to the Paperback Edition: The Journey Continues xi

Introduction: Journey to the Center 1

Part 1 Meaning

Chapter 1 It All Begins with Meaning 21

Chapter 2 Your Own Happiness Equation 30

Chapter 3 Start with Your Strengths 39

Chapter 4 A Sense of Purpose 46

Chapter 5 Dreamcatcher 55

Part 2 Framing

Chapter 6 A Matter of Framing 65

Chapter 7 The Practice of Optimism 79

Chapter 8 Moving On 92

Chapter 9 Ready for Change 103

Chapter 10 The Journey, Not the Destination 113

Part 3 Connecting

Chapter 11 A Path to Belonging 125

Chapter 12 Your Organization as Family 134

Chapter 13 Reciprocity Forms Relationships 143

Chapter 14 The Tapestry You Weave 153

Chapter 15 On the Shoulders of Sponsors 165

Chapter 16 Member of the Tribe 174

Part 4 Engaging

Chapter 17 Crossing the Line 187

Chapter 18 Stand Up, Speak Up 196

Chapter 19 Make Your Own Luck 206

Chapter 20 Take the Step 214

Chapter 21 Weathering the Heights 225

Part 5 Energizing

Chapter 22 Energy in Your Toolkit 237

Chapter 23 For a Quick Recovery 251

Chapter 24 Experience of Flow 261

Chapter 25 Boundless Energy 270

Conclusion: Time for Action 279

Methodology 285

Our Research Survey 293

Acknowledgments 305

Notes 309

Index 343

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 26, 2010

    Inspiring!

    Any young woman professional just starting to navigate her way through the world of business should have this book squarely at the tips of her fingers. I am 33 years old, working in a man's world and truly have no women to look up to in my field and occupation right now. This book has shown me that there are people out there who will be my sponsor but that I really do need to put in my work and find them!

    A highly recommended read from this woman in a man's world with 10+ years of experience!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 26, 2011

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    Good for the Professional Woman

    I read this book for a Women in Leadership class for my undergraduate studies. It really had some good points about how to manage professional relationships, how to stand out in your field by engaging and strengthening your voice, etc. I wouldn't say anything I read was rather revolutionary, but it put common sense into words. I would recommend it for any professional woman to read at any time during her career. Heck, I'd recommend it to men too, as it definitely defines a "female" style of leadership that men could learn a lot from.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 16, 2010

    Outstanding Leadership Book for Women at All Levels and All Ages

    This book provides a no-nonsense practical approach to leadership for women, written in a manner that we all can use. Based on extensive research, it is very readable. The model is one that I wish I had known about 30 years ago but even so is useful to me now. I am enjoying it so much that I recommended it to my women's mentoring circle. The book is divided into five common-sense sections, starting with finding meaning in our work. It explains differences in how men and women network, and provides good advice on how we can leverage our networks to greater usefulness.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 22, 2011

    It's OK

    While I am only a third of the way through the book, yet majority of the book consist of stories about what so and so did. I was hoping for something a little more textbook but this book is mostly of "feel good" stories.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 4, 2011

    Highly Recommend

    Whether a parent, young professional or person looking for their meaning in life, this book provides perspectives and ideas for helping one find their passion and move toward a more fulfilling life...no matter whether a professional or volunteer.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 9, 2011

    Very perceptive commentary ...

    ...on what is important to focus on in order to become your own person.

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