Hurley, Kathleen

Real Women, Real Leaders: Surviving and Succeeding in the Business World

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Plan your path to leadership with insight from real women at the top

In Real Women, Real Leadership, twenty-four women leaders describe their personal journeys to the top, providing deep insight and a fascinating perspective on "making it" as a woman in the male-dominated business environment. They discuss their experiences and offer guidance on topics such as balancing family and career, building alliances, mentoring and being mentored, and overcoming obstacles in the business world which is still dominated by men in the senior levels of management. Drawn from a range of industries including higher education, technology, law, the military, politics, the media, and more, these stories provide the details that every ambitious woman needs to know. You'll learn which skills, attributes, and relationships served these women best, how they overcame the obstacles thrown into their paths, and the people they credit as instrumental along the way. A self-assessment chapter helps you discover your own leadership attributes, and determine which skills you need to acquire as you formulate your own personal roadmap to the top.

There are many books about women who have been excellent leaders, but Real Women, Real Leadership provides the personal, relatable testimonials from women who have navigated the opportunities and pitfalls of the business world. Each story sheds light on women's unique leadership attributes, and provides guidance for professional women charting their own professional advancement.

  • Learn from women leaders in a diverse range of industries
  • Discover the leadership attributes that make the biggest impact
  • Gain insight into work/life balance, mentors, relationships, and more
  • Discover your leadership strengths and develop a plan forward

Studies have shown that companies with three or more women board members dramatically outperform the competition in returns on equity, sales, and invested capital — yet women only claim a tiny percentage of boardroom seats and top executive positions. Why? And why, when they do achieve leadership positions, do women tend to make such outstanding leaders? Real Women, Real Leadership tackles these questions and more from an in-the-trenches perspective to help you become the leader you want to be.

Keywords: Real Women, Real Leadership; Kathleen Hurley; Priscilla Shumway; Pearson Foundation; New Learning Presentation Systems; women in leadership; women leaders; professional advancement; leadership attributes; leadership qualities; leadership skills; leadership self-assessment; leadership training; leadership journey; women in business; women in the military; women in the media; women in tech; women in law; women in politics; women in higher education; professional development; women executives; obstacles to leadership; leadership strategy; career planning

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