How Women Are Transforming Leadership: Four Key Traits Powering Success

How Women Are Transforming Leadership: Four Key Traits Powering Success

How Women Are Transforming Leadership: Four Key Traits Powering Success

How Women Are Transforming Leadership: Four Key Traits Powering Success

Synopsis

This thought-provoking work examines the traits and stories of influential women throughout history to the present day in order to make the case that women continue to evolve leadership practices for the better.

How Women Are Transforming Leadership: Four Key Traits Powering Success delves into the precise skills, characteristics, social programming, and biological designs that make women leadership naturals. Distinguished leadership author Mary Lou Décosterd identifies four key traits that enable women to excel in even the most challenging of leadership roles, and offers detailed tools and techniques for all leaders—men and women alike—to hone these same traits in themselves.

This book explores the idea that a specific set of feminine engendered skills—intuitive orientation, directive force, empowering intent, and assimilative nature—creates leaders with the greater breadth and depth of skills needed for our complex, global, and virtual times. With more than 100 of the world's most powerful women cited, readers will learn precisely what enabled these women to become major players on the world's stage. Interviews with four leadership development experts add power to the book's voice and message.

Excerpt

Far away there in the sunshine are my highest aspirations. I may not reach
them, but I can look up and see their beauty, believe in them, and try to follow
where they lead.

—Louisa May Alcott

SETTING THE TONE

Louisa May Alcott was born in Germantown, Pennsylvania, not far from where I live today. We both moved a fair amount, living and working in different places. We are authors, educators, and staunch supporters of equality for women. Alcott has long been an inspiration of mine and certainly one of the countless women in history whose influence and impact is felt today. I often wonder what it would have been like to forge a career back in Alcott’s days—to be as accomplished as she at any point in time, let alone back then. Alcott was not only a famous writer but worked multiple jobs to contribute to the care of her family, including serving as a nurse during the Civil War. I can only imagine that in whichever roles she assumed, she touched the lives of those around her and contributed immeasurably to how women were seen and valued.

When I take on a new challenge, I think of Alcott. Her perspective gives rise to momentum. I consider more the power inherent in striving and less, at least initially, what the end result will be. Success becomes possible in part by the potency of one’s reach. This is true for anyone who aspires to do and be more, to succeed, and to attain new levels of accomplishment. It is especially . . .

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