How Women Lead – New book from McGraw-Hill aims to help Women Change their Career Trajectories

24 October 2012 – McGraw-Hill Professional in the USA have announced the publication of a new book aimed at helping women advance their leadership skills and careers. How Women Lead: The 8 Essential Strategies Successful Women Know is by authors Sharon Hadary and Laura Henderson.

According to McGraw-Hill, over the past decade, women’s rate of advancement in the labor force has outpaced the men and more are rising to top leadership positions in organizations. The number of women making $100,000 or more has grown at a faster pace than it has for men and in the United States, 6% of women earn at least $100,000 and as of 2010, they account for 6.3% of the top earners in the Fortune 500 companies.

Yet, although the gap is narrowing, women still lag men in holding top positions and are still paid less than their male counterparts.

Women executives in the C-Suite are also good for the bottom line. Business research reveals that corporations with more women in leadership positions report higher financial performance than those with fewer women in senior management.

How can women continue to position themselves to lead in their own style and gain the critical business skills to break through barriers?  The perennial question is what those who aspire to top leadership positions learn from today’s women leaders. Authors Hadary and Henderson guide readers how to sidestep obstacles in HOW WOMEN LEAD: The 8 Essential Strategies Successful Women Know.

Based on 20+ years of research with thousands of highly successful business women, combined with research findings from independent business research and reports, as well as 14 exclusive interviews with highly successful women, Hadary and Henderson repeatedly found eight key strategies that women were using to get into the success pipeline – and that they were sharing these strategies with others to help them succeed, as well.

The authors are uniquely qualified to guide women in the workplace:  They have been experts in the field of women’s leadership over the past 20 years, serving on advisory boards for IBM, Wells Fargo, KeyBank, Microsoft, Deloitte, National Women’s Business Council and more, discussing women in leadership.

HOW WOMEN LEAD features personal success stories from senior women executives from every corner of business, from the military and e-commerce to insurance and pharmaceutical industries, and their take on the following career advice:

  • Women already in the leadership pipeline who want to move faster and more easily;
  • Women who are asking, “What next?” How do I make sure I’m in line for a promotion?”
  • Women who are interested in a career, whether students entering the workforce or an executive in the ranks
  • Men and women who mentor and coach women to offer a personal blueprint for success
  • Top level executives whose decisions affect the upward mobility of women in their organizations

 Women will learn the value of their leadership strengths and practical, proven strategies to integrate these strengths with business acumen to achieve higher goals.  Mentors, sponsors, and corporate executives will learn specific actions they can implement to accelerate the growth of women in business.  HOW WOMEN LEAD is not simply for advancing and shaping one’s own career, but setting the stage for successful careers and futures of other women to follow.

Sharon Hadary is Principal of Sharon Hadary & Co., and founder and former executive director of the Center for Women’s Business Research.  She teches, writes, and speaks nationally on the subject of women’s leadership.

Laura Henderson is President of Henderson Associates and founder and former President and CEO of Prospect Associates. She teaches leadership in the University of Maryland Doctorate Program.

McGraw-Hill Professional is a leading global provider of print and electronic content and services for the business, technical, and medical communities. Its offerings include reference and certification books for all professional and educational disciplines and online solutions on business and financial, medical and health, engineering, and scientific topics. McGraw-Hill offers a full line of project management books and have established a website to offer discounts to PMForum readers at project management books for PMWT subscribers.

HOW WOMEN LEAD: The 8 Essential Strategies Successful Women Know, by Sharon Hadary and Laura Henderson.  McGraw-Hill; September, 2012; Hardcover, $25.00; 0-07-178125-0 / 978-0-07-178125-1. More about the book at http://www.mhprofessional.com/product.php?cat=106&isbn=0071781250