Leading from the Front: No Excuse Leadership Tactics for Women


As successful consultants teaching leadership to women in the workforce, the authors show women how to face particular challenges in feeling comfortable at work - and how to make their environments work for them. They reveal 10 key practices that turn women into leaders and improve their decision-making, focus, and performance.

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As successful consultants teaching leadership to women in the workforce, the authors show women how to face particular challenges in feeling comfortable at work - and how to make their environments work for them. They reveal 10 key practices that turn women into leaders and improve their decision-making, focus, and performance.

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Editorial Reviews

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These three titles represent widely different styles and approaches in offering advice to (primarily) women seeking to develop their professional leadership skills. Friedman and Yorio (The Girl's Guide to Starting Your Own Business) are the most irreverent, combining suggestions for successful team building, communication, delegation, and navigation of office politics with "Girl Talk" and "Good Witch or Big Bitch?" sidebars that offer tips from and interviews with female managers. Morgan and Lynch (cofounders, Lead Star), two women who spent a combined 18 years in the Marine Corps, offer the stylistic polar opposite: ten leadership tactics in as many no-nonsense chapters, with examples taken from their military careers. Lynch describes her effort to climb a rope as an example of taking responsibility before assigning blame; Morgan describes giving medals to her team members rather than herself to illustrate taking care of your subordinates. They provide chapter summary points, although their narrative suffers from the lack of either authorial cohesion or a conclusion. Both of these titles are firmly positioned for women only and are quick reads. Public or special libraries might consider purchasing only one of them, based on their particular collection or culture. The title by Bourgeois (founder, president, Ctr. for Workforce Excellence; Her Corner Office: A Guide To Help Women Find a Place and a Voice in Corporate America) benefits from a more unified presentation, as well as more references to the existing business literature (e.g., Jim Collins, Peter Drucker). It offers tips to help men and women incorporate each others' leadership skills into a new and stronger "hybrid" style. Although allusions to Christian tenets are a bit more frequent than might be desired by many business readers, Bourgeois's style is both engaging and professional, her techniques well explained, and her manual the most cohesively organized of the three. She provides proof of the need for better management skills, outlines methods for developing those skills, and concludes with examples of hybrid leadership and "leadership challenges" in which readers are asked to apply their newfound knowledge. Recommended for larger public, academic, and special libraries.-Sarah Statz Cords, Madison P.L., WI Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781933309408
  • Publisher: America Media International
  • Publication date: 5/25/2007
  • Format: CD
  • Edition description: Abridged, 4 CDs, 4 hrs. 30 min.
  • Product dimensions: 5.31 (w) x 7.48 (h) x 1.19 (d)

Meet the Author

Angie Morgan and Courtney Lynch are cofounders of Lead Star, a consulting firm focused on the leadership development of women in prominent corporations, law firms, nonprofits, colleges, and universities. Their clients include Wal-Mart, Burger King, Sodexho, and Cardinal Health. They have been guests on CNBC, CNNfn, and FOX News. Their efforts with Lead Star have also been noted in publications ranging from the New York Times to Inc. magazine.

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Table of Contents

Preface : becoming Marines, becoming leaders
Ch. 1 Meet and exceed the standards you ask of others - lead from the front 15
Ch. 2 Make timely decisions - find the 80 percent solution 33
Ch. 3 Seek to take responsibility before you begin to place blame 53
Ch. 4 True leaders dedicate themselves to service - take care of those you lead 71
Ch. 5 Think before you act - especially before you overreact 89
Ch. 6 When faced with a crisis - aviate, navigate, communicate 107
Ch. 7 Courage + initiative + perservance + integrity = success 125
Ch. 8 Don't cry over something that won't cry over you 141
Ch. 9 Say you're sorry only when you're at fault 159
Ch. 10 Always lead as you are 175
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