17. Sally Helgesen: How Women Rise

Today, my guest is Sally Helgesen. She’s been cited by Forbes magazine as the world’s premier expert on women’s leadership. Her Mission for the last 30 years has been to help women leaders around the world recognize, articulate, and act on their greatest strengths. She’s coauthored her most recent book, which is one of seven. She’s written How Women Rise, Break the 12 habits, Holding You Back From Your Next Raise, Promotion or Job with Marshall Goldsmith. I think this is a really amazing book. I read it and I really liked the perspective she has, that successful people very often don’t need to do more of any one thing. They’re already successful. What often gets in their way? It was, of course, themselves and in this conversation, we explore not only that concept, but the specific behaviors that women often do to impede their own growth and progress at work. And even if you’re not a woman leader, if you’re a man listening to this, I still think you’ll find a number of things that are very useful in your own leadership journey and things that will help you be more aware of the women you work with.

0:03:27 – What is life about?
00:12:22  – What will happen in the next five to ten years concerning leadership.
00:19:55  – Precision and correctness.
00:26:18  – How the book idea began.
00:30:59  – How the title of the book developed.
00:46:01  – Does writing ever get easier?
00:53:31 – How often does Sally write?
00:57:14  – Qualities of a great sentence.

LINKS – (In order of appearance)
Books by Sally Helgesen
Wildcatters: A Story of Texas, Oil, and Money
The Female Advantage: Women’s Ways of Leadership
The Web of Inclusion: A New Architecture for Building Great Organizations
Everyday Revolutionaries: Working Women and the Transformation of American Life
Thriving in 24/7: Six Strategies for Taming the New World of Work
The Female Vision: Women’s Real Power at Work
How Women Rise: Break the 12 Habits Holding You Back from Your Next Raise, Promotion, or Job

What Got You Here, Won’t Get You There by Marshall Goldsmith
In a Different Voice: Psychological Theory and Women’s Development by Carol Gilligan
Sally Helgesen on LinkedIn
Adam Grant – Are you a Giver or a Taker?
Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear, by Elizabeth Gilbert

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