Women Lead the Way: Your Guide to Stepping Up to Leadership and Changing the World

Women Lead the Way: Your Guide to Stepping Up to Leadership and Changing the World

by Linda Tarr-Whelan
     
 

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Offers practical steps for women to bring their passion, brains, and background to the power tables and make life better for themselves, their company or organization and global society.

• Combines compelling research, international experience, and fascinating personal stories with solid advice

• Tarr-Whelan has extensive background…  See more details below

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Offers practical steps for women to bring their passion, brains, and background to the power tables and make life better for themselves, their company or organization and global society.

• Combines compelling research, international experience, and fascinating personal stories with solid advice

• Tarr-Whelan has extensive background as a business woman, a government official, a non-profit leader, and a nurse

A few “first women” are making key decisions in high places but a few is not enough to have a significant impact. Changing what gets decided takes changing who makes the decisions. But with just 17% of Congressional seats and 14% of Fortune 500 board seats held by women, the leaders defining priorities and solutions continue to look and act much the same as generations ago.

Linda Tarr-Whelan marshals eye-opening facts and figures to decisively dispel the myths that still hold women back and shows women how to build their confidence and skills to pioneer a distinctive approach to leadership, one that emphasizes collaboration, communication and consensus. The proven tipping point, surprisingly, is just 30%--when women’s representation at the top reaches 30%, real change starts to happen. Drawing on her extraordinarily diverse background as a consultant, organizer, and diplomat, Tarr-Whelan offers a women-led strategy for change and a complete set of practical road-tested tools readers can use to become powerful partners in creating a better future in a rapidly changing world.

Closing the leadership gap is a win for everyone—it brings in new ideas, creates a more balanced and productive work environment, a revitalized social compact and demonstrable positive effects on the bottom line in business and government. Women Lead the Way artfully combines advocacy, research, and tactical guidance to help readers wedge the door open and bring more women through and up.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Starred Review.

A smart, illuminating work for women (and the men who work with them), this leadership self-help from prominent women's issues scholar and advocate Tarr-Whelan presents a discussion of women's leadership styles and roles rooted in theory, research, and a shining intellect, as well as thorough knowledge of the practicalities of the modern workplace. While some arguments are familiar (a future filled with women executives will benefit women and men alike), Tarr-Whelan also digs up men's strategies worth paying attention to-for instance, fostering tomorrow's leaders while climbing the career ladder yourself. Many of Tarr-Whelan's ideas are surprisingly simple, and at times counter-intuitive, but she's clear in her reasons for questioning studies that don't disaggregate results by gender: revelations include women investors make fewer mistakes than males-less likely to make trades based on emotion, more likely to use the advice of experts. Tarr-Whelan also introduces useful vocabulary to encapsulate her ideas, including "womenomics" as a mainstream business issue, and "first women" as a vital peer group. Conversational and eye-opening, with many narrative illustrations and concrete advice, Tarr-Whelan's text could prove an important volume for working women looking to advance and enrich their careers.
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Library Journal
Tarr-Whelan argues that women can provide real leadership and change in business, social, and political organizations. To do so, however, she states that women must constitute at least 30 percent of any organization's decision-making hierarchy (she refers to this as the "30% Solution"). Tarr-Whelan, whose varied résumé includes stints in nursing and leadership consulting and as ambassador to the UN Commission on the Status of Women, describes how women in leadership positions can assert themselves, influence decision making, and help advance the careers of other women. This emphasis on truly changing organizational and societal norms (from donating money to charitable causes that share your goals to actively mentoring and hiring other women) is, in the end, what truly sets this title apart from other recent "women in business" titles. Each chapter also includes "takeaway" and "this week I will…" sidebars summarizing its content and providing action suggestions. VERDICT Although some readers may be unnerved by the somewhat militant tone of Tarr-Whelan's demands that women take on leadership roles and help other women into them, most will welcome her concrete suggestions for improving organizational decision making.—Sarah Statz Cords, The Reader's Advisor Online
From the Publisher
"Linda has produced the first seriously practical guide to stepping up to leadership. Her clear, concise, down to earth approach challenges us all to keep moving forward and leading the way. Any woman [or man] reading this book can be left in no doubt of what needs doing and more importantly, how to do it. A must read."
- Rt Hon Baroness Catherine Ashton, EU Trade Commissioner [the first woman British Commissioner and first woman Trade Commissioner].

'Straightforward, empathetic and balanced, this compelling guide tells the stories that women positively engaged in changing the world will recognise. Though American in background, the messages are international and well researched. From the time of Hypatia of Alexandria through to the present day, women like Linda Tarr-Whelan do make a difference. Let's listen."
- Dr Melissa Hardie, Director, The Hypatia Trust Honorary Fellow, Exeter University.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781605095769
Publisher:
Berrett-Koehler Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
10/12/2009
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
240
File size:
2 MB

What People are saying about this

From the Publisher

“Tarr-Whelan encourages flexibility, willingness to mentor other women, and assertive drive to push for more women in leadership positions.”
-Vanessa Bush, Booklist

“The emphasis on truly changing organizational and societal norms (from donating money to charitable causes that share your goals to actively mentoring and hiring other women) is, in the end, what truly sets this title apart from other recent “women in business” titles.”
-Sarah Statz Cords, The Reader’s Advisor Online (for Library Journal)

Meet the Author

Linda Tarr-Whelan is a premier expert on women’s leadership in this country and internationally. She is a ristinguished senior fellow of the national think tank Demos, is cofounder and managing director of the consulting firm Tarr-Wheelan and Associates, and serves as chair of the National Advisory Council for the Pax World Women’s Equity Fund.

Linda served as ambassador to the UN Commission on the Status of Women in the Clinton administration and as deputy assistant for women’s concerns to President Jimmy Carter in the Carter White House. As CEO of the Center for Policy Alternatives, the leading progressive policy and leadership center for the fifty states, she focused on women and the economy. Ladie’s Home Journal named her as one of the fifty most powerful women in Washington. She has also been a union organizer and negotiator, was lead lobbyist for the two-million member National Education Association, and is a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing.

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