Female executives of large companies are still in short supply in the U.S., but they have made great strides in recent years and their number is growing. Patricia Werhane and four other leadership experts interviewed twenty-two prominent womenincluding executives at Kraft, Boeing, and Harley Davidsonto uncover their leadership styles, reveal their most effective practices, and find out how they broke through the glass ceiling. This celebration of stellar executives highlights their achievements, the values and visions that guide them, and the contributions they've made to both their companies and industries. Besides enjoying fascinating stories, readersboth men and womenwill gain insights that help them manage and lead better.
Despite enormous strides in the status of women in business, female CEOs of Fortune 500 companies can be counted on two hands, and less than 15 percent of Fortune 500 board seats are held by women. These daunting statistics, however, belie another phenomenon: The iceberg of male domination in the boardroom is beginning to break up and melt. More and more women are assuming positions of real leadership. And it's none too soon. With the increasing diversity of the workforce, businesses need the wisdom successful female executives can offer. To encourage more women to step up to the plate, this book tells many stories of perseverance and inventiveness. But it digs deeper to reveal common qualities and characteristics that reflect a style of leadership that is in stark contrastin every major dimension, from communication styles to team building to crisis managementto the traditional, white-male model that has dominated practice, theory, and management education. While men tend to be transactional leaders, the women profiled in this book are nothing less than inspiring, transformational leaders. The result is an incisive, engaging, thought-provoking, and ultimately empowering narrative that will serve as a guide for women now entering, progressing, and leading in the workplaceas well as the men with whom they work.
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About the Author
Patricia Werhane is the Wicklander Chair of Business Ethics and Director of the Institute for Business and Professional Ethics at DePaul University. She holds a joint appointment as the Peter and Adeline Ruffin Professor of Business Ethics and Senior Fellow at the Olsson Center for Applied Ethics at the Darden School, University of Virginia. She is the author or editor of sixteen books and the founder and former editor-in-chief of Business Ethics Quarterly.
Margaret Posig is an Associate Professor of Management in the Charles H. Kellstadt Graduate School of Business at DePaul University. Her articles have appeared in the Journal of Occupational Health Psychology, Women in Management Review, Journal of Managerial Issues, and the Journal of Business Ethics, among others. She teaches courses in organizational leadership and change management, and leadership in sports.
Lisa Gundry is Professor of Management in the Charles H. Kellstadt Graduate School of Business at DePaul University, where she teaches courses in creativity and innovation in business and entrepreneurship. She is the coauthor of five books and has published numerous journal articles and book chapters.
Laurel Ofstein is an Instructor in the Department of Management at the Charles H. Kellstadt Graduate School of Business at DePaul University, where she teaches courses in business creativity and entrepreneurship.
Elizabeth Powell is an Assistant Professor of Business Administration at the Darden Graduate School of Business Administration at the University of Virginia. The author of several case studies, she has presented her research at the Conference on Corporate Communication, the Management Communication Association, and the National Communication Association.