Lead Like a Woman by Deborah Smith Pegues – Book Review

Posted September 4, 2020 by Phyllis Helton in Book Reviews /

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Lead Like a Woman by Deborah Smith Pegues – Book Review

Lead Like a Woman: Gain Confidence, Navigate Obstacles, Empower Others

by Deborah Smith Pegues

four-half-stars
Published by Harvest House Publishers
Publication Date August 11, 2020
Genres: Leadership, Christian Living
Written for: Adults
Pages: 224

Synopsis:

Speak up.
Don’t take it so personally.
Just make a decision already.

Every day, whether they’re competing in the business world or serving in a nonprofit, women hear that they’re not enough. They’re too emotional to lead, and the way they act, speak, and even think is detrimental to success.

But in Lead Like a Woman, former Fortune 500 executive Deborah Smith Pegues shows that your uniquely female qualities can position you for success—if you know how to use them. She’ll teach you to embrace 12 traits that can help you excel as a leader, and she’ll also help you eliminate 12 tendencies that could be hindering your progress.

You will discover how to…

develop confidence while sharpening your professional and relational skills
let go of unproductive thoughts and habits that sabotage your success
create a transformative, participative, and inclusive organization

Whether at work or in your community, Lead Like a Woman will empower you to walk boldly down your path of leadership and find fulfillment in the journey.

I would like to thank Netgalley for giving me a copy of this book. This gift did not influence my opinion or review.


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Over the past year, leaders at my office began to examine the women are treated differently than the men to make sure we are all treated fairly. Having come across Lead Like a Woman, I was curious to see if any of the issues we’ve discussed are mentioned here. And as a (new) leader at my office, I was very much looking forward to learning how to improve in my position, and especially to do this without having to become someone or something I’m not. So I gladly grabbed a copy.

Now, keep in mind that I am not a fan of the “up with women – down with men” mentality, so I was a little cautious as I began reading. I really didn’t want to read about that! And I was quite pleased to find early on that the author made it very clear this would not be the case. Yay! Score one point already.

I do tend to read non-fiction more slowly than fiction, so it took several sittings and several weeks for me to finish. It was well written and informative and I found myself resonating with the things that were said. As I read through the chapters on the strengths, complete with examples and quotes from other women in leadership, I found myself nodding my head in agreement and being pleased that I can continue to use my unique giftings but didn’t feel like I was encountering anything new earth-shattering.

This changed, however, in the section about potential pitfalls. Several of the examples of traps women leaders (and I would say women in general) fall into and ways they can change the thinking that keeps them caught in patterns that are not healthy or good for their career resonated with me. I was glad for the examples and the coaching of what to do in these situations.

I also appreciated the insight that while some of the wrong attitudes of men toward women in the office are not likely to change anytime soon, there are appropriate ways to handle them that allow women to be assertive without being perceived as aggressive.

Written from a Christian minority woman’s perspective, the book is well balanced, interesting, and relevant with advice that falls in line with conservative Christian doctrine, and common sense.

Whether you are a woman in a position of leadership, or even a non-leader in the workplace, I recommend Lead Like a Woman. Men would probably also benefit from reading it to get more of a perspective of what it is like for women and to increase their awareness and understanding. Personally, I recommend a physical copy instead of an ebook for this. My Kindle copy was just not as easy to use as a reference…

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