Leadership and the Sexes : Using Gender Science to Create Success in Business

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  • Edition: 1st
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  • Copyright: 2008-08-25
  • Publisher: Jossey-Bass
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Weaves Michael Gurian's trademark use of brain science in gender studies together with real life examples of what is currently happening in business leadership. It provides new vision and useful practical applications, helping women and men in the workplace become more effective and fulfilled, and ultimately helping businesses and business leaders realize increased profits. Through examples and case studies from companies like Kodak, Nike, Nintendo, Home Depot, Proctor & Gamble, Avon, and Disney, the book shows readers how ignoring gender diversity actually impedes the true potential of any business.

Author Biography

Michael Gurian is a thought-leader, corporate consultant, family therapist, and the New York Times bestselling author of twenty-five books, including Leading Partners, The Wonder of Girls, Boys and Girls Learn Differently!, The Wonder of Boys, and The Minds of Boys.?The co-founder of the Gurian Institute, he has spearheaded a national effort to provide communities and corporations with training in brain-based gender issues.?

Barbara Annis is a thought-leader, corporate consultant on gender intelligence and inclusive leadership, CEO of Barbara Annis & Associates, and author of Same Words, Different Language. She has more than twenty years' experience as a specialist in gender issues in the workplace. Annis and her associates have delivered large-scale corporate projects on leadership, gender intelligence, and diversity. She also serves on the Harvard KSG Women's Leadership Board.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
Introduction: How Gender Intelligence Leads to Balanced, Authentic Leadershipp. xvii
The Theory: Gender Intelligence-The Natural Differences Between Men and Womenp. 1
Understanding the Science of genderp. 3
Getting to Know the Gender/Brain Spectrump. 7
Equal but Different Intelligencep. 8
Burning Question: Are There Exceptions to the Gender Rules?p. 15
Empowering Yourself and Your Corporation by Joining the Scientific Processp. 18
The Lighthousep. 22
Summaryp. 24
Understanding How the Male and Female Brain Work Differentlyp. 25
Three Primary Areas of Brain Differencep. 26
Burning Question: Do Women Have to Become Men to Get Ahead?p. 50
Moving Forwardp. 52
Summaryp. 55
Understanding How Men and Women Lead Differentlyp. 56
Manifestations of Brain Differences in Leadershipp. 57
A Core Leadership Difference: Approaches to Being in Chargep. 63
Balanced Leadershipp. 68
Leading Differently: The Success Story of Pam Gomez Gilp. 68
Transforming Your Teamp. 71
A Pause for Breathp. 72
Moving to Part Twop. 76
Summaryp. 77
The Tools: Putting Gender Intelligence to Work Immediatelyp. 79
Gendertool 1: Improving Your Negotiation Skills with Both Gendersp. 81
About Our Gender Toolsp. 81
The Science of Gender and Negotiationp. 82
What Executives Have Said About Gender and Negotiationp. 84
Applying Balanced Leadership to Negotiationsp. 87
Gendertool 2: Running a Gender-Balanced Meetingp. 91
Improving Your Meetings: Using Ten Essential Gender-Balanced Management Skillsp. 95
Gendertool 3: Improving Your Communication Skills with Women and Menp. 100
Focusing on Verbal Communicationp. 101
Burning Question: How Much Do You Have to Change Your Communication Style?p. 106
Focusing on Nonverbal Communicationp. 107
Communication Differences in Salesp. 109
Gendertool 4: Improving Your Conflict Resolution Skills with Men and Womenp. 113
Focusing on Conflictp. 113
The Applications: Ensuring Gender-Balanced Leadership in the Long Termp. 123
Helping Women: Retaining, Motivating, and Working with Female Talentp. 125
Success Stories: How Gender-Balanced Leadership Improves the Bottom Linep. 127
What Women Want? No, What Women Need!p. 132
Confronting Obstacles to Meeting Women's Needsp. 136
The Quiet Evolutionp. 149
Summaryp. 152
Helping Men: Recognizing Men's Leadership Strengths and Solving Issues Men Facep. 153
Clarifying and Maximizing Men's Strengthsp. 155
Understanding Issues Men Face in Leadershipp. 167
Men's Issues (What Men Need)p. 169
Men Need Work/Life Balancep. 171
For Women: Tips for Supervising Menp. 174
Bringing It All Together: A Final GenderToolp. 176
Summaryp. 177
Gendertool 5: Practicing Gender-Intelligent Mentoring and Coaching in Your Corporationp. 179
The Importance of Mentoring and Coaching in Gender Sciencep. 181
GenderTool 5: Focusing on Mentoring and Coachingp. 183
For Mentors: A Checklistp. 186
Mentoring Womenp. 187
For Men: Tips for Supervising Womenp. 189
Mentoring Menp. 191
Make Mentoring a Part of Your Corporation's Infrastructurep. 194
Mentoring for the New Millenniump. 196
Epilogue: The Future of Genderp. 199
Notes and Resourcesp. 201
Gender/Brain Spectrum Surveys for Men and Womenp. 215
The Authorsp. 223
Indexp. 227
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