Through the Labyrinth: The Truth about how Women Become Leaders

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Harvard Business Press, 2007 - Business & Economics - 308 pages
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Despite real progress, women remain rare enough in elite positions of power that their presence still evokes a sense of wonder. In Through the Labyrinth, Alice Eagly and Linda Carli examine why women's paths to power remain difficult to traverse. First, Eagly and Carli prove that the glass ceiling is no longer a useful metaphor and offer seven reasons why. They propose the labyrinth as a better image and explain how to navigate through it. This important and practical book addresses such critical questions as: How far have women actually come as leaders? Do stereotypes and prejudices still limit women's opportunities? Do people resist women's leadership more than men's? And, do organisations create obstacles to women who would be leaders?This book's rich analysis is founded on scientific research from psychology, economics, sociology, political science, and management. The authors ground their conclusions in that research and invoke a wealth of engaging anecdotes and personal accounts to illustrate the practical principles that emerge. With excellent leadership in short supply, no group, organisation, or nation can afford to restrict women's access to leadership roles. This book evaluates whether such restrictions are present and, when they are, what we can do to eliminate them.

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User Review  - patrish11 - LibraryThing

mixed reveiws on this book. good information about the why's and how's of women's lack of presence in the board room. Great resources from various studies, however, Eagly and Carli are repetitive. I think the book could be at least a third its size. Read full review

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I like the way Alice Hendrickson and Linda Lorene Carli describe things and people. They are amazing writers and I hope they write more books together. - Gina H.


Is There Still a Glass Ceiling?
Where Are the Women Leaders?
Are Men Natural Leaders?
Do Family Responsibilities Hold Women Back?
Is Discrimination Still a Problem?
What Is the Psychology of Prejudice Toward Female Leaders?
Do People Resist Womens Leadership?
Do Women Lead Differently from Men?
How Do Some Women Find Their Way Through the Labyrinth?
How Good Are Women Leaders and What Does Their Future Hold?
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About the Authors

Do Organizations Compromise Womens Leadership?

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About the author (2007)

Alice H. Eagly is professor and chair of psychology and faculty fellow of the Institute for Policy Research at Northwestern University. Linda L. Carli is an associate professor of psychology at Wellesley College.

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