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The Female Advantage

Sally Helgesen

Sally Helgesen's classic study of female leaders documents how women leaders make decisions, schedule their days, gather and disperse information, motivate others, delegate tasks, structure their companies, and hire, and fire employees.

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Publisher: Crown Business
Publish Date: 03/31/1995
Pages: 320
ISBN-13: 9780385419116
ISBN-10: 0385419112
Language: English

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September 07, 2010

The Female Vision

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The following review was written by our owner, Carol Grossmeyer, and first appeared in our monthly newsletter, the KeenThinker. ◊◊◊◊◊◊◊◊◊◊◊◊◊◊◊◊◊◊ It’s been a long time since a book has come across my desk that made me instantly stop in my tracks, so I was thrilled when The Female Vision: Women’s Real Power at Work did just that. I was captured first by the arresting cover, a closeup photo of a woman’s eyes and then intrigued by the simple but powerful title, The Female Vision. READ FULL DESCRIPTION

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Now in Currency paperback -- Sally Helgesen's classic study of female leaders and how their strategies represent a highly successful revision of male leadership styles. Sixty thousand copies in print! In her bestselling 1990 book, Sally Helgesen discovered that men and women approach work in fundamentally different ways. Many of these differences hold distinct advantages for women, who excel at running organizations that foster creativity, cooperation, and intuitive decision-making power, necessities for companies of the twenty-first century. Helgesen's findings reveal that organizations run by women do not take the form of the traditional hierarchical pyranaid, but more closely resemble a web, where leaders reach out, not down, to form an interrelating matrix built around a central purpose. The strategy of the web concentrates power at the center by drawing others closer and by creating communities where information sharing is essential. She presents her findings through unique, closely detailed accounts of four successful women business leaders -- Frances Hesselbein of Girl Scouts USA, Barbara Grogan of Western Industrial Contractors, Nancy Badore of Ford Motor Company's Executive Development Center, and Dorothy Brunson of Brunson Communications. Helgesen observes their meetings, listens to their phone calls and conferences, and reads their correspondence. Her "diary studies" document how women leaders make decisions, schedule their days, gather and disperse information, motivate others, delegate tasks, structure their companies, hire, and fire. She chronicles how their experiences as women -- wives, mothers, friends, sisters, daughters -- contributeto their leadership style.

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