Leadership Strategies for Women: Lessons from Four Queens on Leadership and Career Development. Paul Vanderbroeck. Springer, Heidelberg 2013.
Paul Vanderbroeck, a historian, former HR Executive and Leadership Coach has written a fascinating book on leadership; to be more specific, on leadership strategies for women.
Based on the historical stories of four famous queens – Cleopatra, Isabella, Elizabeth I and Catherine the Great – Vanderbroeck uses their stories to enlighten today’s women leaders and potential women leaders on how to fully develop their leadership potential.
The book is very well structured and well written. One can immediately tell that Vanderbroeck is an experienced leadership coach. The introduction clearly sets out why the book was written; why these particular Queens were chosen to expound the author’s leadership strategies; what the reader may expect to find in the book; and finally how to get the most out of the book.
True to his word, the author takes us through the development of each Queen’s career as a leader. Vanderbroeck does not sugar-coat their stories – each Queen’s particular strengths and weaknesses are laid bare, and that makes very useful learning for the reader. Each story concludes with what today’s women leaders can learn from this Queen, including a short list of the top six Do’s and Don’ts.
In addition to this being a very interesting read, what I particularly liked about the book is the author’s ability to lay out some very clear guidelines for developing both a successful career and a leadership persona for women in what is still very much a man’s world when it comes to leadership.
The book concludes with six points women can follow to develop their careers and nine essential leadership competencies for women leaders to build on.
This just happens to be my 100th review of management books and I’m delighted to say that it’s up there with some of the best I’ve read. This book is a must for all women in management.
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