Lead: How Women in Charge Claim Their Authority

Lead: How Women in Charge Claim Their Authority

by Ellen M. Snee EdD
Lead: How Women in Charge Claim Their Authority

Lead: How Women in Charge Claim Their Authority

by Ellen M. Snee EdD


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During Ellen Snee’s eighteen years as a Catholic nun, she gained a number of essential—and, happily, transferable—skills: how to discern a call or deep desire, how to work collaboratively with other women, and how to be a savvy operator within male hierarchies. In Lead, she draws on that knowledge—as well as lessons learned and insights gained from her Harvard dissertation on psychological dimensions of authority for women, two decades of work with executive women as CEO of Fine Line Consulting, and five years as VP of Organizational & Leadership Development at VMware, a global technology leader—to address the exercise of authority by women.

Lead guides readers through specific challenges of leadership Snee has identified as most vital to success through her own corporate experience and consulting work: developing resilience, presenting with authority, gaining financial literacy, managing in every direction, and more. Throughout, Snee urges women to find and speak with their unique voice and claim their personal power. Full of illuminating personal and client anecdotes and surprising research insights, Lead is an accessible, instructive, and empowering road map to finding external success—by drawing on the strengths you’ve carried inside you all along.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781647420703
Publisher: She Writes Press
Publication date: 09/21/2021
Pages: 184
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)

About the Author

Ellen Snee has worked at the forefront of women’s leadership development for more than twenty-five years. As an academic, she examined the experience of women in roles of authority in her doctoral dissertation before going on to turn theory into practice with the launch of Fine Line Consulting, a boutique firm that worked with Fortune 500 companies such as Pfizer, Schwab, Marriott, and Goodyear to provide both programs and one-to-one coaching for their high-potential and executive-level women. Following 9/11, she moved to California—life is short and she wanted sun—where she worked in Silicon Valley at Apple, Cisco, KPMG, Ebay, Citrix, VMware, and others before, in 2015, returning to the work she loves most: accelerating the career advancement of talented women through executive coaching. Today, she provides mentoring and leadership development to women and the corporate sector through organizations like How Women Lead, She Can, and the International Women’s Forum. Ellen lives in the San Francisco Bay Area and works remotely as well as locally with clients.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Relationship to Self

Relationship to Others

Relationship to Systems

Chapter 1 Authorize from the Inside Out 15




Chapter 2 Develop Internal Resilience 33

Elements of Resilience

Obstacles to Resilience

Chapter 3 Women in Authority Over Other Women 59

Listening to Women

Unspoken Expectations

Split Vision


Chapter 4 Executive Presence 81

Make a Great First Impression

Communicate with Purpose

Leverage Language

Reclaim Gravitas

Chapter 5 Organizational Authority Relationships 103


Direct Reports

Executive Assistants

General Administration Relationships

Chapter 6 Career Conversations 113

Performance and Promotion

Initiate Conversations

Types of Conversations

Chapter 7 Manage Money with Authority 129

Learn the Language

Cement Your Knowledge

The Rungs of Financial Competency


Chapter 8 Expand Your Authority 147

Know Why You Are an Authority

Be Memorable

Conclusion 163

Index 171

Acknowledgments 177

Gratitude 179

About the Author 183

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