Saturday, July 04, 2009

Through the Labyrinth: The Truth About How Women Become Leaders

Through the Labyrinth: The Truth About How Women Become Leaders
by Alice H. Eagly (Author), Linda L. Carli (Author)
336 pages
Harvard Business School Press; illustrated edition edition (October 16, 2007)

  • Authors:
    • Alice H. Eagley: professor and department chair of psychology and faculty fellow in the Institute for Policy Research at Northwestern University
    • Linda L. Carli: associate professor in psychology at Wellesley; her research focuses on gender, influence, and leadership
  • Perspective: The book comes from a need to explain why, though the glass ceiling has been shattered, so few women are in positions of leadership.
  • Organization of the Book: Following the preface and acknowledgements, the book is divided is divided into eleven chapters. Groupings are not given, though there appears to be a movement from general to specific and from present situation to future possibility.
    • Chapters 1-2 lay the groundwork, unpacking the idea of the glass ceiling and summarizing women's progress.
    • Chapters 3-7 discuss and critique forces considered responsible for the presence of women and predominance of men in leadership.
    • Chapters 8-10 discuss how women negotiate the labyrinth.
    • Chapter 11 wraps up the book and looks to the future.
  • Intention (ix)
    • to ask why women have been excluded
    • to uncover the skills needed to negotiate the labyrinth
    • to help readers understand leadership by men and women and the possibility of gender equality

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