The Female Advantage: Women's Ways Of Leadership by Sally HelgesenThe Female Advantage: Women's Ways Of Leadership by Sally Helgesen

The Female Advantage: Women's Ways Of Leadership

bySally Helgesen

Paperback | April 1, 1995

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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 -- contribute to their  leadership style.
Sally Helgesen is the author of the bestsellers The Web of Inclusion and The Female Advantage, which was hailed as "the classic work" on women managers. A national speaker on issues of social and economic change, she began her career as a journalist and later wrote and consulted for a number of Fortune 500 cilents. Articles about her w...
Title:The Female Advantage: Women's Ways Of LeadershipFormat:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 8.3 × 5.5 × 0.7 inPublished:April 1, 1995Publisher:The Crown Publishing Group

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0385419112

ISBN - 13:9780385419116


Rated 5 out of 5 by from From Hierarchy to Networks Sally Helgeson's book The Female Advantage will one day become a classic. The literature on leadership has been saturated by males, and although there are many excellent books by such writers as Drucker, Bennis and Block, there has been a large void. Helgeson's book, published in 1990, provides a refreshing perspective on how women manage and lead. Using the early work by Henry Mintzberg as a starting point, Helgesen then takes the reader on an intriguing journey through the lives of four female executives. The findings from her interviews with these women reveal key differences between how men and women lead. Of particular significance is the congruence between how women lead and the emerging needs of organizations for a new approach to leadership in the information age. This book is a must for those serious about studying leadership.
Date published: 2000-07-04

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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