Standing at the Crossroads: Next Steps for High Achieving Women / Edition 1

Standing at the Crossroads: Next Steps for High Achieving Women / Edition 1

by Marian N. Ruderman, Patricia J. Ohlott
     
 

As women move into leadership and managerial positions in record numbers, there is an increasing need to understand how they will prioritize and integrate the many new roles and possibilities available to them. Standing at the Crossroads looks at the fundamental pressures that influence the career and personal decisions high-achieving women make and

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As women move into leadership and managerial positions in record numbers, there is an increasing need to understand how they will prioritize and integrate the many new roles and possibilities available to them. Standing at the Crossroads looks at the fundamental pressures that influence the career and personal decisions high-achieving women make and identifies strategies for adapting to the many demands that both challenge and enhance their lives. Based on extensive research conducted by the Center for Creative Leadership (CCL?) in conjunction with participants in The Women's Leadership Program, the book provides a basis for understanding the many choices, tradeoffs, and decisions that face women daily. Showcasing many personal stories, it spotlights the five key themes that are essential to guiding executive women's development today-the need to act authentically, make connections, control one's destiny, achieve wholeness, and gain self-clarity.

While each theme can stand alone, the authors show how the five blend together to create a pattern that is unique and dynamic for each individual woman. Each chapter in the first part of the book explains why a particular theme matters, what it looks like, how to develop it, the obstacles to achieving it, and a short "thumbnail" that summarizes, in easy-to-use form, the major areas for the reader to develop. The second part of the book illuminates how both the individual reader and the organization can apply an understanding of the themes to enhance their mutual effectiveness. Finally, the book offers a reference list of valuable source texts and other literature related to these topics.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780787955700
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
05/08/2002
Series:
J-B CCL (Center for Creative Leadership) Series, #20
Edition description:
1ST
Pages:
272
Sales rank:
828,454
Product dimensions:
6.42(w) x 9.15(h) x 0.99(d)

Meet the Author

Marian N. Ruderman is a research scientist at the Center forCreative Leadership in Greensboro, North Carolina, where shestudies the career development of women and the impact of diversityon management development processes. She has written widely onthese topics in reports, book chapters, scientific journals, andpopular magazines.

Patricia J. Ohlott is a research associate at the Center forCreative Leadership. Her current research interests include thecareer development of women managers and issues relating to themanagement of diversity in organizations. She has published inprofessional journals, books, reports, and popular magazines.

Table of Contents

Preface.

Acknowledgments.

The Authors.

Introduction: Standing at the Crossroads.

Part One: Five Themes for High-Achieving Women.

1. Acting Authentically.

2. Making Connections.

3. Controlling Your Destiny.

4. Achieving Wholeness.

5. Gaining Self-Clarity.

Part Two: Next Steps for High-Achieving Women.

6. Growing Through Life Experience.

7. What Can Organizations Do?

Appendix: The Research Design.

References.

Index.

About the Center for Creative Leadership.

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