Author: Joann S. Lublin
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Summary: I enjoyed learning from the stories and fun facts in this book, but it was a bit too business focused for me.
“Among the first female reporters at The Wall Street Journal, Joann S. Lublin faced a number of uphill battles in her career. She became deputy bureau chief of the Journal’s important London bureau, its first run by women. Now, she and dozens of other women who successfully navigated the corporate battlefield share their valuable leadership lessons.” (source)
The first thing I noticed about this book was that the author’s journalism background showed through in her writing style. Her writing was straightforward, clear, and easy to follow. She also used in-text citations – something I’d like to see more often in pop nonfiction! The down side was that the stories of the many CEOs and business women the author interviewed didn’t feel as personal to me in this detached writing style.
I thought the content of this book was fantastic. A lot of the advice seemed like it could be useful to anyone, male or female, and some of it could be useful regardless of your specific career. The stories about the sexism some women have experienced and the statistics showing that more diverse leadership increases company profits were things I think everyone should know. However, the focus of the book was not ideal for me. Becoming a CEO is definitely not a dream of mine and I felt that was the end goal of a lot of the advice. Even with that slant on the book, I learned a lot reading it and would recommend it, especially anyone interested in feminism in the workplace.