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Getting ahead in today’s competitive, cutthroat business world is tough, particularly for women, who account for only 3% of Fortune 500 CEOs, even though females comprise nearly half the US workforce. What are the reasons for the “thinning effect,” in which fewer women advance up the professional ladder? Selena Rezvani, a consultant on women and leadership, has the answer to that question and many more, based on her studies and interviews with 30 female executives from a variety of fields. Rezvani targets her advice to Generations X and Y women, who are now entering the marketplace and can most benefit from the experiences of those who have gone before them. She explores networking, negotiating, managing office politics and “integrating” (rather than balancing) your work and your life. getAbstract considers this thoroughly researched text a must read, not only for women launching their careers, but also for anyone, male or female, with leadership aspirations.
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I purchased my first business at age 22 (1969) and I can certainly attest that what I needed to know I didn't learn in business school. It took me years to "figure" things out and 40+ years later I'm still learning. I do recall the struggles and chaos that came with owing that first business and it certainly would have been much easier if I had acquired some prior knowledge through academia. But, then I wonder if I would have learned the "nuts and bolts" of running a business from a professor that has never owned or managed a business. Many professors have never walked the talk.
Although I didn't notice any social barriers because I was female, I was astonished to read the studies that women face. As well it was interesting to read about economic parity, especially around pay equity. Fortunately, due to many laws and wider acceptance of women in management positions the upcoming generations will not have to face these obstacles.
"The Next Generation of Women Leaders" is not just about understanding the past, but it also gives information on how to position oneself to lead, as well as how to succeed on and off the job, networking, negotiating, maneuvering through the office politics, and successfully attaining goals. Intended to give better understanding to generation X and Y on how to position oneself in the business society, I found the information in this book very useful for my generation (baby boomer) as well.
I commend Selena Rezvani on bringing to the forefront such important information. Her understanding of being a female in the business community shows through her knowledge and experience. The interviews she conducted with high-positioned female executives present hope to future generations. She also establishes, that yes, as women, we can hold high executive positions and still serve well in roles of wives, partners, friends, and mothers.
I highly recommend this book to any young woman entering a career or has aspirations of becoming a leader. I also believe this book should be a "must read" in all business curriculum, not only for females but males as well.

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