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McKinsey & Company consultants Joanna Barsh and Susie Cranston reveal their remarkable discoveries about what drives and sustains successful women leaders.

Based on five years of proprietary research, How Remarkable Women Lead speaks to you as no other book has, with its hopeful outlook and unique ideas about success. It’s the new “right stuff” of leadership, raising provocative issues such as whether feminine leadership traits for women and men are better suited for our fast-changing, hyper-competitive, and increasingly complex world.

In this book, McKinsey & Company consultants Joanna Barsh and Susie Cranston and editor and journalist Geoffrey Lewis establish the links between joy, happiness, and distinctive performance with the groundbreaking model of Centered Leadership.

The personal stories and related insights show you the magic that happens when you put to work the five elements of Centered Leadership–meaning, framing, connecting, engaging, and energizing. They include

  • How Alondra de la Parra built on her strengths and passions to infuse her life with meaning and make her way in the male-dominated world of orchestra conducting;
  • How Andrea Jung, the CEO of Avon, avoided a downward spiral when the company turned down by “firing herself” on Friday and re-emerging on Monday as the “new” turnaround CEO;
  • How Ruth Porat’s sponsors at Morgan Stanley not only helped her grow but were also her ballast for coping with difficult personal and professional times;
  • How Eileen Naughton recovered after losing her dream job, landing on her feet at Google and open to a new leadership opportunity; and
  • How Julie Coates of Woolworth’s Australia makes energy key to her professional success, with reserves for her “second shift” as wife and mother.

How Remarkable Women Lead is both profoundly moving and actionable. No matter who you are, this book will help you attain a practical plan for breaking through at both work and in life.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “How Remarkable Women Lead offers some interesting ideas, such as learning to frame events in a positive light and to adapt to setbacks with optimism rather than self-doubt and pessimism.”

    Wall Street Journal

  • “Inspiring and practical, this book should be helpful not only to women in professional careers but also to the unsung heroines of community serve (think PTA) who are on the front lines of all kinds of causes.”

    Seattle Woman Magazine

  • "How Remarkable Women Lead is a book that will truly resonate with all women. It is personal, powerful, and revealing and thereby true to how we women live and lead. The storytelling makes this unlike any business book I know; these are people who have faced every challenge imaginable and still made their mark. So truthful, so revealing, it’s a book at once inspirational and practical—a unique duality.”

    Elizabeth Smith, president, Avon Products, Inc.

  • “What makes this book singular and valuable is its wide-lens focus on the personal qualities that lead to exemplary leadership. Don’t be taken in by the title: men have as much to learn from this book as women.”

    Warren Bennis, distinguished professor of business administration and university professor, University of Southern California, and author of On Becoming a Leader

  • “Investing in women leaders is not only the right thing to do, it makes clear business sense. Developing top talent for high performance is both an art and a science. Joanna Barsh and Susie Cranston provide the vision and the practical ideas to make this competitive opportunity a reality.”

    Terry Lundgren, chairman, president, and CEO, Macy’s, Inc.

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About the Author

Joanna Barsh is director emeritus at McKinsey & Company, where she retired as a senior partner after thirty-plus years. She travels full-time delivering keynotes and seminars to groups in over twenty countries, meeting top leaders in government and business, including Fortune 100 companies such as Ebay, GE, Google, Prudential, and Time Warner. She has been featured by the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, BusinessWeek, and more. She holds an MBA from the Harvard Business School where she was a Baker Scholar.