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

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

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

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


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The Remarkable discoveries about what drives and sustains successful women leaders.

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.

The authors, 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. Woman or man, you'll find yourself in its pages and emerge with a practical plan for breaking through at both work and in life.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780307461704
Publisher: Crown Publishing Group
Publication date: 12/27/2011
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 410,352
Product dimensions: 5.24(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.86(d)

About the Author

JOANNA BARSH joined McKinsey & Company in 1981 and is a senior partner. Along with her consulting work, she leads the McKinsey Centered Leadership Project, whose goal is to help develop women leaders. Joanna is a New York City Commissioner of Women’s Issues and received the Girl Scouts Council Woman of Distinction Award and the National Council of Research on Women Award. Joanna is also a trustee of Sesame Workshop. She was a Baker Scholar at Harvard Business School.

SUSIE CRANSTON is an organization consultant at McKinsey & Company’s San Francisco office. As part of the McKinsey Centered Leadership Project, Susie led a team that completed the research for the Centered Leadership model. She received a B.A. and an M.B.A. from Stanford University.

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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