Dare to Lead Like a Girl: How to Survive and Thrive in the Corporate Jungle
Rowman & Littlefield (June 2022)
“Whether you think you can or think you can’t, you’re probably right.” Henry Ford
Briefly, these are the strategic objectives that Dalia Feldheim achieves in her book. She enables her reader to gain a wider and deeper understanding of HOW TO
o Lead with purpose
o Excel in the art and science of goal setting
o Master management of energy rather than time
o Embrace “the science of doing nothing” (i.e. nourish the mind and soul”)
o Eliminate fear, doubt and other self-limits
o “Dance with adversity”
o Nourish your relationship with yourself
o Nourish the relationship with your partner
o Maintain an appropriate, adjustable balance of work/life priorities as a parent
o Inspire others to follow because you have earned their respect and trust
NOTE: “People won’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.” Theodore Roosevelt
o HOW TO understand and appreciate the fact that “women hold up half the sky”
o Become politically savvy (e.g. what works in a community, what doesn’t, and why)
o Develop “emotional bravery”
o Appreciate and affirm what is positive
o Manage “postraumatic growth”
I urge those who read this book to highlight key passages and keep a lined notebook near at hand in which to record comments, questions, page references, etc. It will also be handy to have when completing various exercises that Feldheim includes. These two tactics will facilitate, indeed accelerate frequent reviews of key material later.
In an article published by Harvard Business Review, Jack Zenger and Joseph Folkman cite substantial evidence to support their assertion that “women are perceived by their managers — particularly their male managers — to be slightly more effective than men at every hierarchical level and in virtually every functional area of the organization.” Contrary to what many people assume, those areas include legal and finance.
During thousands of 360-degree reviews, women outscored men on 17 of the 19 capabilities that differentiate excellent leaders from average or poor ones.