Kicking Ass in a Corset: Jane Austen's 6 Principles for Living and Leading from the Inside Out

Kicking Ass in a Corset: Jane Austen's 6 Principles for Living and Leading from the Inside Out

by Andrea Kayne
Kicking Ass in a Corset: Jane Austen's 6 Principles for Living and Leading from the Inside Out

Kicking Ass in a Corset: Jane Austen's 6 Principles for Living and Leading from the Inside Out

by Andrea Kayne

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Overview

What can organizational leaders in business, education, government, and most any enterprise learn from an unemployed, unmarried woman who lived in patriarchal, misogynistic rural England more than 200 years ago? As it turns out, a great deal. In identifying the core virtues of Austen’s heroines—confidence, pragmatism, diligence, integrity, playfulness, and humility—Andrea Kayne uncovers the six principles of internally referenced leadership that, taken together, instruct women how to tap into a deep well-spring of personal agency and an internal locus of control no matter what is going on around them. Utilizing practical exercises, real-life case studies, and literary and leadership scholarship, Kicking Ass in a Corset maps out effective leadership that teaches readers how to tune out the external noise and listen to themselves so that they can truly live and lead from the inside out.
 


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781609387600
Publisher: University of Iowa Press
Publication date: 09/15/2021
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 1,108,479
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Andrea Kayne serves as director of the doctoral program in educational leadership and is associate professor at DePaul University. She has taught, written, and consulted in the areas of empowered leadership, feminist leadership, emotionally intelligent leadership, and internally referenced leadership. She lives in Oak Park, Illinois.
 

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction. What Would Jane Do? 1

1 "Universal Truths" Are Anything But 9

Like Elizabeth Bennet from Pride and Prejudice, know your inherent value.

2 Being "Mistress of Myself" Ain't Easy, Sister 39

Like Elinor Dashwood from Sense and Sensibility, respond to difficulty with an internal calm, acceptance, and problem-solving resilience.

3 In Defense of Sea-Faring Folks with Weathered Skin 67

Like Anne Elliot from Persuasion, choose and claim your hard work and merit.

4 A Better Guide in Ourselves 91

Like Fanny Price of Mansfield Park, insist on faithfully following your internal moral compass.

5 "Learning to Love Is the Thing" 111

Like Catherine Morland of Northanger Abbey, protect and retain your internal childlike dreaming, wonder, curiosity, passion, and hope.

6 She Thinks "A Little Too Well of Herself" 135

Like Emma Woodhouse from Emma, learn from a place of openness and humility.

7 Putting It All Together: Internally Referenced Leadership as Balanced Paradox 157

Conclusion. How Internally Referenced Leadership Is a Fine Balance 161

Notes 165

Bibliography 181

Index 189

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