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

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As women move into leadership and managerial positions in recordnumbers, there is an increasing need to understand how they willprioritize and integrate the many new roles and possibilitiesavailable to them. Standing at the Crossroads looks at thefundamental pressures that influence the career and personaldecisions high-achieving women make and identifies strategies foradapting to the many demands that both challenge and enhance theirlives. Based on extensive research conducted by the Center forCreative Leadership (CCLâ) in conjunction with participantsin The Women's Leadership Program, the book provides a basis forunderstanding the many choices, tradeoffs, and decisions that facewomen daily. Showcasing many personal stories, it spotlights thefive key themes that are essential to guiding executive women'sdevelopment 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 fiveblend together to create a pattern that is unique and dynamic foreach individual woman. Each chapter in the first part of the bookexplains why a particular theme matters, what it looks like, how todevelop it, the obstacles to achieving it, and a short "thumbnail"that summarizes, in easy-to-use form, the major areas for thereader to develop. The second part of the book illuminates how boththe individual reader and the organization can apply anunderstanding of the themes to enhance their mutual effectiveness.Finally, the book offers a reference list of valuable source textsand other literature related to these topics.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
For businesswomen who are unsure of which step to take on the road to success, Marian N. Ruderman and Patricia J. Ohlott offer Standing at the Crossroads: Next Steps for High-Achieving Women. Based on a study conducted by the Center for Creative Leadership, researchers Ruderman and Ohlott explain women's need to act authentically, make connections, control their destiny, achieve wholeness and gain self-clarity. Based on these needs, the authors' suggestions transcend the business world to help women with their personal and inner lives, too. For Ruderman and Ohlott, "[b]uilding a whole and full life is a critical task." (June) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780787955700
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 5/8/2002
  • Series: J-B CCL (Center for Creative Leadership) Series, #20
  • Edition description: 1ST
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 839,167
  • 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.

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Table of Contents



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.



About the Center for Creative Leadership.

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