Developing Women Leaders answers the question “How do we best develop women leaders?” with practical solutions drawn from current literature and the author’s personal interviews with high-achievers in major US companies and universities.
• Presents research-based, practical solutions to help people in organizations develop talented women
• Describes what organizations and individuals need to know about leadership competencies, personality, and leadership styles
• Explains gender-related issues that affect the behaviors of both women and men at work
• Integrates first-hand accounts by high-achieving women and men from major US companies and universities about their leadership experiences
• Separate chapters addressed to CEOs and Human Resource executives, managers, and women offer practical suggestions to implement in their organizations, using examples from some 'best practice' companies
• Has relevance across the range of all organizations including Fortune 500 companies, academic institutions, non-profit organizations and small businesses
• Has significance for every aspect of society – business, government, law, families, careers, and health
The book has relevance across the range of all organizations including major companies, academic institutions and non-profit organizations. It has significance for every aspect of society - business, government, law, families, careers, and health. (Publicnet.co.uk, November 2009)
"In any organization today, women leaders will help drive business growth and improved performance. Anna Marie Valerio’s Developing Women Leaders is a practical guide that helps organizations not only to achieve this growth objective, but also to create the right opportunities for talented women to develop their careers and to advance within that company."
–Nancy McKinstry, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Executive Board, Wolters Kluwer
"Dr. Valerio’s thoughtful and thought-provoking book is essential reading for anyone who cares about the development of the next generation of leaders, regardless of gender. As a female president and CEO in a historically male-dominated industry, I recognize the value and insights offered in the book, and applaud the proactive approaches to gender issues in the workplace."
–Nancy Hill, President-CEO, American Association of Advertising Agencies
"Developing Women Leaders is a trove of useful advice for the advancement of women. Many talented women whose careers have stalled at mid-management can apply the book’s strategies to move into top-level careers. Women and men benefit when we have the most talented people leading organizations. Valerio offers something for everyone. There are great "tips" for women who want to advance their careers, administrators who control access to the top, and for human resource departments that can help to increase the number of women in leadership positions."
–Diane F. Halpern, Claremont McKenna College
Series Editor’s Preface
Part I: Historical and Current Contexts for Women’s Leadership
How This Book Is Organized
How to Use This Book Most Effectively
Your Role in Developing Women’s Leadership
2. Why Women’s Leadership Today Invites Questions and Requires Answers
Key Historical Events from the 1920s to the 1960s
Metaphors through Time: From Concrete Wall to Glass Ceiling to Labyrinth
Driving Forces Behind Organizational Change
More Women in the Workforce than Ever Before
Women’s Educational Attainment
Women as Corporate Officers: The Current Situation
Women Leaders Are a Driving Force for Powering Business
Generations in the Workforce
Work–life Integration – Shared by Both Genders
3. What Women and Men Need To Know About Leadership and Its Development
What Does Leadership Research Reveal About the Behavior of Effective Leaders?
Why Use Leadership Competencies?
Personality Traits Associated with Leadership
Transformational and Transactional Leadership
Women as Transformational Leaders
What Are Some Effective Leadership Development Practices?
Challenging Job Assignments
Leadership Development Programs
Part II: Practical Suggestions for Organizations, Managers, and Women
4. CEOs and Human Resource Executives Can Develop Talented Women
Diversity and Inclusion and the Creation of Wealth
What CEOs and HR Executives Can Do
5. What Managers Can Do To Develop Talented Women
Social-Relational Contexts at Work
Best Practices in Talent Management
Stereotypes about Men and Women
Why Is It Critical for Managers to Understand Gender Stereotypes?
What the Research Tells Us
The Double Bind for Women
The Double Standard
Women’s Competence Questioned
Resistance to Women’s Leadership
Both Men and Women Internalize Gender Stereotypes
What Can Managers Do?
Ensuring Fair Performance Evaluations
Become More Aware of How Gender Biases Influence Your Decisions
Help Female Managers Develop Their Networks
Endorse the Authority of Female Leaders
Send Talented Women to Both Internal and External Training Programs
Give Women Challenging Job Assignments with Sufficient Support
Steer Clear of the Glass Cliff
Balance the Numbers of Men and Women on Teams
Actions by Men
Ask Questions to Understand the Perspective of Women
Overcome the Reluctance to Provide Women with Feedback About Their
Champion Women’s Leadership Development
Actions by Women
Share Experiences with Other Women
Recognize the Wide Range of Diversity among Women
Provide Realistic Feedback
6. What Women Can Do To Develop Themselves
The Importance of Seeking Feedback
The Importance of Reflection
What Can Women Do?
Join a Women’s Network
Ask For What You Want
Enhance Your Influence by Combining Competence with Warmth
Seek High Visibility and Line Assignments
Seek External Stretch Assignments
Ask for an Executive Coach
Attend Both Internal and External Development Programs
Part III: Present and Future Leadership
7. In the Words of Some of Today’s Leaders
8. What Does the Future Hold?
Changes at the Individual, Organizational and Societal Levels
Change at the Individual Level
Change at the Organizational Level
Change at the Societal Level
Questions for Practitioners and Researchers
What Makes the Present Different from the Past?
References and Further Readings
About the Author:
Anna Marie Valerio, Ph.D., President of Executive Leadership Strategies, LLC, is a consultant specializing in executive coaching and leadership development. Her areas of expertise also include individual assessment, women’s leadership, and performance management. Her book, Executive Coaching: A Guide for the HR Professional, co-authored with Robert J. Lee and published by Wiley/Pfeiffer, is a practical guide about coaching and how to use it in organizations. Anna Marie has made numerous presentations at professional conferences and can be reached via her website, http://www.executiveleadershipstrategies.com.
Steven G. Rogelberg, Ph.D., is Professor and Director of Organizational Science at the University of North Carolina Charlotte. He is a prolific and nationally recognized scholar. He is the current Editor of Journal of Business and Psychology. Besides his academic work, he founded and/or led three successful talent management consulting organizations/units.