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What does it take to overcome obstacles in the pursuit of your career? It’s no secret that there’s a tremendous leadership gender gap across all industries worldwide. Today, women still struggle to attain parity in leadership, while organizations struggle to leverage diversity and be more inclusive.
The Power of Perception serves as a practical guide to educate men, women and organizations on the barriers and misperceptions that keep women from fully contributing in the workplace. These include differences in leadership style and emotional intelligence, gender bias and stereotypes, and differences in gender culture which show up every day at work and home. The book also explores significant changes in global demographic trends and how our youngest generations are impacting the workplace.
The Power of Perception clearly illustrates the reasons that we don’t see more women leading our global businesses. It has nothing to do with women’s skills and competencies. It has everything to do with our perceptions of women as leaders, as workers, as mothers, and as wives. This perception has had, and is continuing to have, a significant impact on promotion for many women. Perception is reality—and it’s powerful.
The book provides personal stories of women’s journeys, real-world examples, and is based on the author’s own research, as well as the research of many others. Every chapter includes practical, easy-to-apply strategies, summary points, and reflection questions to empower men, women and organizations to fully leverage talent and diversity.
Why is this book unique? It’s the first book that addresses the global leadership gender gap by examining multiple barriers to advancement, along with gender culture, emotional intelligence, diversity and inclusion, and different generations. It’s also the first book to provide actionable and practical strategies for each topic, and integrate multiple constructs into one unifying theme—The Power of Perception.
What People Are Saying About The Power of Perception
The Power of Perception is the first book to bring together information focused specifically on leadership and emotional intelligence from a gendered perspective. Dr. Shawn Andrews examines barriers to leadership and global diversity trends that impact today’s workplace—and offers practical strategies for individuals and organizations. A fascinating and comprehensive must-read.
- Marshall Goldsmith
International Best-selling Author or Editor of 35 books including What Got You Here Won’t Get You There and Triggers
If ever there was a time in history that cried out for women’s leadership that time is now—and this book underscores why. Thoroughly researched and readable, Dr. Andrews masterfully weaves together an understanding of leadership from the perspectives of the past, present and future. A great read.
- Lois P. Frankel, Ph.D.
Best-selling Author of See Jane Lead and Nice Girls Don’t Get the Corner Office
The Power of Perception is comprehensive, full of actionable insights and profoundly inspiring. Dr. Andrews has done a superb job of showing how organizations can reap enormous benefits by harnessing the power of women’s emotional intelligence. This book is a must-read.
- Sally Helgesen
Best-selling Author of The Female Vision, The Web of Inclusion, The Female Advantage, and Thriving in 24/7
The Power of Perception is a powerful and compelling look at the subtle barriers women face every day, and beautifully describes how women’s leadership styles and emotional intelligence traits are naturally suited for today’s organizations.
- Gail Evans
Best-selling Author of Play Like a Man, Win Like a Woman and She Wins, You Win
It’s long past time to change the biases and eliminate the barriers that women face. This book offers useful insights on how to do that.
- Adam Grant, Ph.D.
New York Times best-selling author of Originals and Give and Take
At a time when there’s renewed interest in finally solving the gender parity problem, The Power of Perception offers fresh insights based on considerable research. Read this book to enhance the power of your perception.
- Carol Frohlinger
President, Negotiating Women, Inc., author of Her Place at the Table and Nice Girls Just Don’t Get It
Anyone who wants to understand gender in the workplace should read this book. Dr. Shawn Andrews helps explain current realities, break down misconceptions, and illuminates a path forward that can lead to greater opportunity for individual professionals and better bottom-line results for companies.
- Dorie Clark
Adjunct Professor at Duke University's Fuqua School of Business, author of Reinventing You and Stand Out
At last! A departure from fix-the-women strategies to a big picture overview of how to adapt twenty-first century business to the consequences of the gender revolution. Essential reading for leaders who want to boost sustainable performance by understanding the multiple perceptions at play.
- Avivah Wittenberg-Cox
CEO, 20-first, author of How Women Mean Business
A practical guide for any leader who is a woman who works to further her career.
- Frances R. Hesselbein
President & CEO, The Frances Hesselbein Leadership Institute
Dr. Shawn Andrews does a great job of shining a light on how the same emotional intelligence skills are seen differently in male and female leaders in The Power of Perception. She uses rich examples and provides her own original research with women leaders. She goes on to present strategies that all leaders should be aware of.
- Steven Stein, Ph.D.
CEO, Multi-Health Systems, author of The EQ Leader and co-author of The EQ Edge
Dr. Shawn Andrews has done a stellar job in invalidating the misconception that men make better leaders than women, by presenting compelling findings demonstrating that there are no gender differences among highly effective leaders in the corporate world. She confirms research findings that my colleagues and I have obtained, which have also shown that businesses led by women are often more profitable than those led by men.
- Reuven Bar-On, Ph.D.
Author of the EQ-i emotional intelligence assessment
The Power of Perception gives both power and discernment to deepen our understanding of transactive management vs. transformative leadership. It is no surprise that women leaders may have a decided developmental edge when it comes to transformative leadership. Get this book to understand why; it’s a critical leadership book for both men and women leaders today!
- Kevin Cashman
Senior Partner, CEO & Executive Development, Korn Ferry, best-selling author of Leadership from the Inside Out and The Pause Principle
The Power of Perception tackles the gender divide head on and offers tangible solutions that empower versus blame. A must-read for the individual and those advancing their organization’s gender agenda.
- Laurie Cooke
CEO, Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association
Dr. Shawn Andrews is committed to developing talent and contributing new research to the study of leadership and emotional intelligence. We know that diversity in the workplace matters, and this book provides fresh insights about the power of perception, which is beneficial to all of us.
- Tony Bingham
President and CEO, Association for Talent Development, co-author of The New Social Learning and Presenting Learning